Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy

Dear Friends,

We are happy to report that, with the support of many people, including the Whole School Implementation initiative at Mindful Schools, students and teachers at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy are discovering how to integrate essential practices for health and well-being into the classroom.

We began in 2016 with an opt-in, “teacher-first”approach, listening to the teachers, understanding their needs, and discovering if mindfulness might be a support to them. We are now serving students, support staff, and faculty in grades PreK - 8th.

Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy is a small a Pre-K through 8th Grade school, where 91% of students identify as people of color from low-income families, located within the otherwise affluent community of Marin County.

As we have worked to spread the word about BMLK, we’ve learned that many people in the North Bay are unaware that a community of color exists in Marin County. We invite you to learn about the history of Marin City and how children and young people are working together to cultivate lasting strengths.

While we wish for all children to benefit from mindfulness, our highest goal is to bring this potentially life-changing training into schools where the community’s social and economic needs are the greatest.

Thank you for the support you've already given!

Chelsea True
Founder, Joyful Mind Project


Special thanks to the following people and organizations making this project possible:

Mindful Schools

California Institute of Integral Studies

Rick Hanson, PhD

Christine Durbin

Elizabeth Vaughn

Barbara Sapienza, PhD

Linda Graham, MFT

Rebecca Stoddard

John Koch

Stephanie Elliott

Patricia Kearns

Quin Cowmey

Marleen Roggow

Diosa Arbusto

Joan C. Butcher

Alf Watt

As the Principal at Bayside MLK, I can’t say enough good things regarding the work that Chelsea has provided to our school in the area of mindfulness. I am seeing evidence of the skills she is teaching our students and staff throughout our school – in the classrooms, in our multipurpose room, in our school office, and even in our hallways.

We are starting to deepen our understanding of the positive impact mindfulness can have with our children and adults simply by paying attention to the results. We couldn’t be more grateful for the support of this highly impactful program for a student and community population that needs it more than anyone.
— David Finnane, Principal, Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy