We envision an inclusive society in which all young people, and their school and home environments, are empowered with mindfulness, and a sense of belonging, that foster confidence, resilience, compassion, and greater well-being.
Minds Incorporated is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming schools through mindfulness-based practices, social emotional learning, and other scientifically validated mind-body practices. We nurture healthy and safe school communities by teaching self-awareness to reduce stress, improve relational skills, and build cultural competency.
We believe every student, educator, and parent, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, socio-economic status, and national origin, deserve to have access to quality wellness programs in order to best meet the needs and challenges of modern society.
After Karen Armstrong — the visionary scholar and author behind The Charter for Compassion — visited Washington D.C. in 2009, local community members began gathering to discuss how to make D.C. a more compassionate city. Under the guidance of Hugh Byrne and Glen Harrison, these discussions arrived at the common goal of sharing secular practices of mindfulness with D.C. area schools. Jesse Torrence, former Executive Director of iBme, and Glen Harrison were hired in late 2012 to spearhead the effort more formally, and Minds Incorporated was born in Winter 2013, and achieved 501c3 Non-Profit status in Fall 2013.
Since its formation, Minds has built a skilled and diverse training team of 30 mindfulness teachers who work with adult and youth, and have served over 11,000 students, educators and parents in over 40 schools and youth-serving organizations. Minds runs programs in four regional counties: Washington DC, Montgomery (MD), Fairfax (VA), and Arlington (VA), works with all ages of students in Elementary, Middle and High schools, and serves all of public, public charter, and private schools.