At SIYLI, our mission has always been making mindfulness and emotional intelligence practical and accessible. As many of you know our flagship program, Search Inside Yourself (SIY), was born at Google, and since our inception we have worked with many companies and organizations. In the past two years we have broadened our scope to include community-based projects. Through the support of generous donors, we undertook a number of these projects enhancing the character of our work and adding even greater dimensionality to our impact. We’re very excited to share that Community-based projects are now a fixture of our work, exemplifying our commitment to embodying our mission.
So what is our vision and intention for Community-based projects?
As a non-profit organization, we seek to offer mindfulness-based training in partnership with communities that endure historic and systematic racial and economic oppression. We also seek to engage in projects that have the potential for large-scale impact. All the better if we can undertake projects where both of these criteria are met, though it is not a prerequisite.
Our intention is to create lasting systemic change by providing neuroscience-based mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills training. We accomplish this through community partnerships characterized by empathetic listening, engagement, and aligned action. Additionally, we identify and provide in-depth training to community mindfulness champions and leaders, so that highly skilled teachers are available within the community, with SIY training provided over the long term.
A little about our projects
Since 2018 we have completed a number of community projects. In response to community crises we delivered the SIY program to 300 leaders in Flint, Michigan and in Parkland, Florida, with a particular emphasis on resilience skill training. We also completed a two-year project with the government of Bhutan, training 160 civil servants to be certified SIY teachers. These teachers have taught SIY to 10,000 Bhutanese civil servants and the remaining 18,000 civil servants will receive SIY over the remainder of this year.
In 2020 we are partnered with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), as well as the Crim Fitness Foundation in Flint, Michigan, to train 20 SIY teachers each. These individuals will be able to teach SIY to employees and citizens of their respective organization and community, significantly scaling impact across large populations.
We are also partners with the Circle of Brotherhood in Liberty City, Miami, offering Adaptive Resilience training this year, followed by SIY and Teacher Training next year. Circle of Brotherhood is a well-respected community non-profit that provides a range of services to Liberty City and other Miami neighborhoods. Notably, they provide sensitivity training to the City of Miami Police, Miami Dade Public Defenders, and other law enforcement organizations across Florida.
Similarly, we’re partnering with the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney to teach SIY to over 200 employees of 50 various justice agencies across Los Angeles. The office of the City Attorney is a national leader in restorative justice. Their Neighborhood Justice program has demonstrated a wide range of positive individual and social outcomes for all parties involved in remediating unlawful acts.
Want to get involved? We welcome your ideas and support.
We’re always looking for compelling and highly impactful Community projects. If you have an idea for one, we’d love to hear about it. Please carefully read the guidelines and submit information to us on this form. We look forward to hearing your idea!
Our Community projects depend on donations from generous individuals like yourself. SIYLI, and the communities we partner with, would be most grateful for your support. You can make a contribution to SIYLI at donate.siyli.org/donate