Teach mindfulness and promote social-emotional learning in elementary school classrooms.


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Become a Mindfulness Program Volunteer!

With just one hour a week, you can help bring mindfulness and social-emotional learning to public school classrooms. Learning to understand emotions and how to manage them with skill is one of the most important lessons any human being can learn. Based on Andrew Nance’s Mindful Arts in the Classroom curriculum, volunteers will teach elementary school students various techniques to help them cultivate the skill of present-moment awareness. Volunteers must have a background in mindfulness, a current mindful practice, or be willing to serve in an assistant teaching role.

What will you do as a volunteer?

You will lead weekly 20-25 minute mindfulness sessions for students in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first-, second-or third-grade classrooms. Using the Mindful Arts in the Classroom curriculum, you will engage students through books, art activities, theater games, and mindfulness exercises.

All Mindfulness Volunteers:

  • Will have a background in mindfulness, a current mindful practice, or be willing to serve in a teaching assistant role.
  • Commit to volunteering one hour a week, one day per week, for one school year. Days and times are usually Monday through Friday during school hours (Note on scheduling: school sites and teachers will have varying availability and you will be in touch with them to find a schedule that works).

Which schools can you volunteer in?

Mindful Arts San Francisco has been serving the community since 2014. In that time we have worked with the following schools, their students and teachers: Alvarado Elementary, Bessie Carmichael Elementary, Bret Harte Elementary, Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 School, William Cobb Elementary, Commodore Sloat Elementary, Charles Drew Academy, Creative Arts Charter, Francis Scott Key Elementary, GordonJ Lau Elementary, Glen Park Elementary, Harvey Milk Academy, Hoover Middle School, Jean Parker Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Junipero Serra Elementary, Leonard Flynn Elementary, Marshall Elementary, George Moscone Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, Sanchez Elementary, Sherman Elementary, Tenderloin Community School.

How will we prepare you?

You will receive:

  • A two-hour training in which you will learn about the Mindful Arts program model, effective volunteer practices and mindful session tips and activities
  • A Mindful Arts SF tote bag, complete with the books Mindful Arts in the Classroom, Puppy Mind, and The Lion in Me, in addition to a variety of mindfulness games, prompts, and goodies to use during your volunteer sessions
  • Ongoing support, check-ins and visits from the Mindfulness Program Coordinator
  • Invitations to volunteer parties, supplemental trainings and other special events throughout the school year.
  • A chance to become part of a larger community of volunteers who care deeply about San Francisco Public Schools.

To sign up, please fill out a volunteer application.

Questions or Concerns? Please contact Mindfulness Program Coordinator Siobhan George at or (628) 345-2963 ext. 3045.