Peace In Schools
Our mission is to liberate mind and heart through teen-centered, transformative mindfulness education.
Bottom Line for Portland
So many teens are in dire need of social-emotional support but are unable to find it; your support provides access. Our Mindful Studies course provides teens refuge, community & life-long tools for wellbeing - all offered during the school day as a for-credit class. More than 500 teens at 8 Portland public high schools will receive effective, practical and transformative mindfulness tools this year, with 94% of teens reporting that what they learned supported them in relation to anxiety or depression. In just a few months, we will be launching a major capacity expansion initiative, bringing Mindful Studies to more teens in Oregon beyond our current partnerships.
“Using the tools that I’ve learned in this class I’ve managed to really get my anxiety under control. I feel more compassion for myself and I worry slightly less. I think a long-term mindfulness practice will serve me well, and I’m not sure how I would’ve found it without it being offered at my school.”
-Roosevelt High School, 12th Grade Student
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We believe wellbeing is a human right, which is why we center equity and racial justice in all aspects of our work: our systems, policies, curricula, and interactions. Our approach to mindfulness education is designed to be implicitly and explicitly anti-oppressive in approach and content. While our classes are open to all students, Johns Hopkins University research has shown that our program equitably serves BIPOC youth, teens from low-income families, LGBTQ+ youth, and those with high rates of childhood trauma.
We have a generous Portland donor who will provide a 1:1 match for the first $20,000 of donations we receive. Donate any amount and be entered to win some exclusive swag from Peace in Schools, including t-shirts from Portland Ink!
Year Founded: 2009
Tax ID: 26-3664835
Peace In Schools is in the Education category which is sponsored by Bank of America.
They're a medium-sized organization with activities in Multnomah Co.