This health & wellness program utilizes children’s literature and hands-on activities to introduce youth to basic concepts in mindfulness practices.


For Teachers

Collaborating with Illinois 4-H is an extraordinary partnership that seamlessly weaves together experiential learning, positive youth development, and research-based programming. This partnership introduces you to a realm where learning standards spring to life, and students are equipped with skills that extend far beyond the classroom.  Our programs provide the resources to cultivate an environment where students flourish. For in-depth program details and training inquiries, we're here to assist you.

Key Concepts

  • Healthy Living
  • Personal Development
  • Personal Safety

For Youth Grades K-2


Mindful Me utilizes the Essential Elements of youth development to promote mindful practices which lead to improvements in:

  • Managing one’s own goals
  • Developing a sense of self
  • Time management
  • Stress management
  • Emotional regulation
  • Mindful eating




The curriculum can be implemented in a variety of program settings, such as school enrichment, after-school programs, clubs, camps, and community-based sites. Utilizing the provided program evaluation must be included in this implementation plan.

OPTIONAL PROGRAM ACTIVITIES/EXPERIENCES: Staff are encouraged to use Teen Teachers in program implementation if available.

  • Teen Teachers can be trained by participating in the Mindful Mechanics program or by utilizing the Mindful Moments, which teaches the basics of mindfulness practices.

Partner with local libraries in your community as this program utilizes children’s literature to engage the learners.

Work with Nutrition and Wellness Educators, and SNAP staff to assist in the delivery of the Mindful Eating lesson.