Mindful Youth Collaborative
Mindful youth Collaborative was a concept birthed by a group of creative minds, and generous spirits that have the desire to connect with others and share their gifts. Creating a community and culture of mindfulness is a high value of each person on our team. Connection first is our mission. MYC aims to cultivate tools of mindful living, skillful coping, and emotional intelligence for youth, parents, and educators.
Meet the Team
Rachel brings more than 15 years of mindfulness practice into her work with students of all ages. Her training includes several months of silent meditation retreat as well as completing a program through UCLA’s Semel Institute of Neuroscience, where she is certified to teach Mindfulness. Rachel has taught all over Los Angeles, including Roosevelt High School, in Boyle Heights, UCLA's Geffen Academy, Clifton Middle School in Monrovia, and Centre Stage Theatre Group. Rachel’s strength is in teaching students skillful coping in challenging moments and helping them to articulate their experience. She holds a degree in Human Development and is in private practice as a Mindfulness Coach and a Rolf Method practitioner.
Founder, Director, Facilitator
Julie is a Reiki healer, a dancer and Pilates Instructor, with over 16 years of experience in kinesiology and somatic training. She is a graduate of George Washington University with a master’s degree in Fine Arts. She began her career as a professional dancer in New York, where she quickly developed the passion to facilitate an improved quality of life through movement. Connecting the mind and body in a thoughtful way has proven essential to a healthy life and a successful mindfulness practice. Julie helps people connect to their bodies in a meaningful way to promote acceptance of self, compassion for others, and a joyous freedom of movement. Committed to the idea that teaching mindfulness to children can enhance their lives, Julie is excited to be working with parents, teachers, and students through Mindful Youth Collaborative.
Dawn’s practice in meditation began more than 25 years ago, breathing the same mountain air as Mindfulness teacher John Kabbat Zinn. Dawn holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a Post Bac certificate from Tufts School of Fine Art. Her post-graduate studies have followed semiotic and body-language communication techniques from around the world, including indigenous art forms as well as modern expressions such as dance, sign-language, and psychodrama therapies. She brings all of these techniques into her mindful teaching work with youth and adults in the Greater Los Angeles area.
As a holistic counselor & mind-body specialist, Jessica loves inspiring individuals to discover their inner strength, unique purpose and authentic gifts. She holds a master of arts in psychology, therapeutic dance & yoga studies, healing artistry certifications and has had extensive opportunities to empower youth and families from all backgrounds and life paths. She offers a caring, heart centered approach to support each person on their path of wellness.
Brian is a Los Angeles based artist and lives in Monrovia California. He has a Bachelors degree in Art and Anthropology from the University of Southern California and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. Mindfulness and meditation are central to his life and art practice and some art projects have included working with groups of individuals as collaborators to explore inner subjectivity and connectedness. Brian has co-created and facilitated art and mindfulness workshops with Rachel Hall and is lead creative consultant for Mindful Youth Collaborative. The wilderness and bodies of water are a great source of inspiration and regeneration for Brian and in his spare time he enjoys gardening and being with his wife and daughter.
Margaret is a creative consultant for Mindful Youth Collaborative. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles and a B.A. from the University of Southern California with a Minor in Urban Neighborhood Studies. Her passion lies in working with children, adolescents, and families, supporting an array of issues ranging from learning challenges to emotional struggles. She incorporates the Mindful Schools curriculum and Mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic techniques in her work with students, parents, and educators. Margaret recently became a mom, and caring for her baby has become her greatest joy.