Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy

Dear Friends,

We have an important funding request. To help our mindfulness program at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy continue to thrive, we need your help!

We are happy to report that, with the support of many people, students and teachers at BMLK are discovering how integrate essential practices for health and well-being into the classroom.

We began 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 TK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

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, and in many cases, critical.  

Your donations directly benefit the children and young people at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy.  I hope you’ll take a moment to look at the information provided below and consider making a donation today.  No gift is too small.

Thank you for the support you've already given — and for considering this request.

Chelsea True
Founder, Joyful Mind Project


We have an important funding request for a project taking place at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City, CA in grades Pre-K-8.  

The program meets weekly; utilizes trauma-informed and evidence-based curriculum; and builds the capacity for the school to independently sustain ongoing outcomes.

With your help, we are laying the foundation for learning and giving students the opportunity to cultivate the health and well-being sometimes only afforded by people of privilege.

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

If you would like to contribute to this important project, please click here.  Be sure to include a note stating, "Bayside MLK."  Thank you, everyone.

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