I am being trained by Mindful Schools and have worked with urban youth in 1st-5th grades for the past several years. The foundation of the program that I teach is about being present and paying attention to what is happening in the now, without judgement, and about practicing gratitude and kindness to self and others. I have found that mindfulness practice brings patience, calm, awareness, gratitude, and peace to the students I work with. The effects can be felt when you walk into a room of young people who are practicing and this energy can be carried out into the world. The students gain a tool that they can use any where and at any time in their lives.