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.
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 in a multi-year engagement to train and support SFDPH employees to scale and deliver SIY to the health department.
SIYLI has partnered with the Crim Fitness Foundation to support community members to build their emotional intelligence and resilience skills, with the goal of creating a more thriving community.
This multi-year, multi-step project began with SIYLI and Crim hosting an initial kick off program for a cross section of 125 Flint, Michigan community leaders to build knowledge and support for this project. SIYLI has now trained local community members as teachers so they can make SIY available to all residents in Flint and Genesee County with the goal of integrating mindfulness and compassion and ultimately transforming the city.
The Nation of Bhutan
Starting in 2018, to support overall wellbeing of the country and its residents, SIYLI was invited by the Government of Bhutan to train local trainers to teach SIY programming so that it could be made available to all civil servants in Bhutan. To date, there are 160 people in Bhutan that are certified to teach SIY to their fellow civil servants. Thus far, they have taught SIY to more than 15,000 people in Bhutan!
Seeing the impact of the program, the government has now added SIY as a mandatory training for all new and retiring civil servants and is offering the program at a number of universities, medical schools and government executive academies.
Since 2020, SIYLI has been partnering with Feeding America, the United States’ largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to help support employees to build resilience by creating opportunities for them to attend SIY open enrollment programs. So far, over 100 employees have attended SIYLI’s programs.
To help increase the impact, Feeding America is currently participating in SIYLI’s Organizational Teacher Certification program and looks forward to scaling this work throughout their organization.