“Mindfulness helps me to concentrate better. I bring my thoughts together and I can focus. I also play football and mindfulness helps me when I am excited. In my opinion, many more young people should experience and try out mindfulness – it’s such a powerful tool for everyday life.”
“Mindfulness was a life saver after being involved in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017. I found it very difficult to deal with the psychological trauma and I used mindfulness to allow me to feel my feelings and accept what I was going through.” Read Emily’s story here: MiSP Youth Ambassadors: Emily Brierley | Mindfulness in Schools Project
“Mindfulness helps me in many ways: it helps me focus on tasks that need to be completed and it takes away distractions that cause me stress. Mindfulness also allows me to relax and concentrate on myself. I use Beditation to help me relax and sleep. I believe that mindfulness should be taught in schools because it can help students connect with themselves and their feelings which can then reduce stress and help with focus.”
“I really like mindfulness and like doing my practice and learning about it. I like to do petal practice and I also use FOFBOC. I use mindfulness to help me concentrate on schoolwork. I have been teaching my mum at home and she is getting quite good at it!”
“When I feel worried or angry like I might go savage, mindfulness helps me stay calm and relax. The petal practice and the .b breathing practices are my favourites as I can easily use them when I have a wobble moment. I think mindfulness should be taught to everyone not just in schools as it helps people understand how and why they might do things because of the way our brains work and it helps people stay in control, calm and happy.”
“I like doing the finger breathing & how many breaths in a minute practice, and I like doing the practices lying down. I like leading the practices in class & helping other people. I also Iove nature, being outside & watching birds.”
“When I feel upset or angry my temper goes bananas. I do petal practise and finger breathing, I use them when I get frustrated (e.g. when computer games don’t work and when I’m excited).”
“Mindfulness helps me to calm down & to do better things, to concentrate which helps with things; it’s just what I do now! I like the FOFBOC best, it’s all silent & you get to sit on a chair whilst doing a Paws b practice, its just fun. I do the practices a little bit at home too. It can help you anytime of the day; if you are getting rage it will always help you. I think it will help you in life”
“Mindfulness helps me to calm down when I’m feeling stressed. I find understanding how the brain works is useful to understand why I’m feeling anxious or stressed. I want to learn more about mindfulness and to help others”
“Mindfulness helps me be calm and helps others to be calm. I find petal breathing most useful as you open and close your hand and keep your eyes closed. I want to be an Ambassador to encourage and help others to get out their comfort zone and try new things.”
“Mindfulness helps me to relax and concentrate. I want to be an Ambassador to show children that it is ok to use mindfulness techniques in school.”
“It’s important for mindfulness to be taught in schools because you can use these techniques while growing up. I feel I can help other children use and learn these techniques, so they can also benefit from mindfulness.”
Who are MiSP Ambassadors?
MiSP Ambassadors are volunteers who are school pupils who represent MiSP for a minimum of 12 months.
MiSP Ambassadors have completed the dots, Paws b or .b course in their school/setting and have found the mindfulness skills and practices that they have learnt particularly helpful in their lives. They regularly practice mindfulness themselves, and model the qualities that regular mindfulness practice develops, such as open-minded curiosity, kindness, acceptance, and compassion. They build positive relationships with other people and with the world around them, providing support and encouragement to other young people in their school/setting, and to the adults too!
We aim to show that mindfulness can benefit any young person, from any background or setting, so we welcome nominations of young people from all circumstances and experiences.
What do they do?
- Raising awareness of mindfulness activities taking place
- Acting as a positive role model, offering support and encouragement to others
- Supporting their Paws b or .b teachers
- Inspiring others to access the benefits of mindfulness too
MiSP Ambassadors support our charity’s work to promote mindfulness to the wider educational community:
- Working with the MiSP team to ensure the voice of young people is heard
- Speaking at events, on panels and in the development of our policy and materials
- Sharing their experience to inspire others, featuring on our website and social media
- Promoting mindfulness and the work of MiSP to the wider community.
Why do it?
- Recognising and celebrating skills learnt
- Taking on new responsibilities as champions in their school / setting
- Building confidence in communicating and working with others
- Developing skills and experience as public representatives, speaking in their school or at MiSP events
- Sharing their stories to inspire and support others
In addition, we will also send each MiSP Ambassador a certificate and an information pack to help them with their work!
How to nominate a young person to be a MiSP Ambassador
To become a MiSP Ambassador, young people must be nominated by their MiSP curricula teacher or an adult in their school / setting.
They will also need permission from their parent / carer to participate in this scheme.
Download and complete the nomination form
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further queries about this scheme.