SIYLI offers mindfulness-based training in partnership with communities that endure historic and systematic racial and economic oppression. We engage in projects that have the potential for large scale and enduring impact.
We work with respected community-based organizations, non-profits, global entities, governments and foundations who are committed to systemic change.
Our community work is vitally important, embodying our mission of making mindfulness and emotional intelligence practical and accessible. Most importantly, the skills developed and honed in SIY are needed in our world now more than ever.
Read our featured blog describing SIY in Communities around the World
SIYLI is actively seeking to build new partnerships and cultivate new Community projects. We'd love to hear your ideas!
THE FOLLOWING IS A SHOWCASE OF SIY COMMUNITY PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD
San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH)
SFDPH provides the foundation of health for residents of San Francisco and offers a variety important services, including a complete system of care consisting of hospitals and primary care centers, as well as health protection and promotion, disease and injury prevention, disaster preparedness and response, and environmental health services. SFDPH employees are on the frontlines of all dimensions of health and wellness for San Francisco.
SIYLI is honored to partner with SFDPH. Our SIY program is currently being taught within SFDPH by two employees. In 2020, we are training 16 more employees to become SIY internal teachers, providing the teaching capacity to scale delivery of SIY across the department's 9,000 employees.
SIYLI was invited by Parkland community organizers to deliver SIY to a cross section of 150 community members in October, 2019. The intention of the SIY program was to provide practical and accessible tools and resources to develop the skills of resilience, self-awareness, self-compassion and everyday leadership.
The program was well received and we are building on that success by partnering with the Circle of Brotherhood to offer SIY to their organization and community members. In 2021 we are partnering to offer the SIY Train the Trainer program so that 16 Circle of Brotherhood members can teach SIY more broadly throughout the Liberty City community.
The Nation of Bhutan
From 2018 through 2020, SIYLI was invited by the Government of Bhutan to provide two SIY Train the Trainer programs for all ten government Ministries. 160 civil servants graduated and can now teach SIY to their fellow civil servants. Thus far they have taught 10,000 Bhutanese civil servants, with the remaining 18,000 attending SIY throughout the second half of 2020.
Additionally, SIY is now mandatory training for all new and retiring civil servants, and is offered at a number of universities, medical schools and government executive academies.
SIYLI was invited by the Crim Fitness Foundation to teach SIY in May, 2019 to a cross section of 125 Flint, Michigan community leaders. The intention was to upskill the participants in emotional intelligence and resilience, and to generate interest in mindfulness more broadly throughout the Flint community. The event culminated in Flint being named one of the first Mindful Cities in America by the Foundation for a Mindful Society.
Since then SIYLI and the Crim Fitness Foundation have launched the SIY Train the Trainer program and will grow the Flint communities number of SIY teachers from 2 to 20, with the ability to deliver SIY broadly throughout the community. Our SIY teacher training is currently underway and SIY programs are already being offered by Crim to the residents of Flint and Genesee County.