Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy

Dear Friends,

I have an urgent request.  

While mindfulness has been shown to have positive outcomes for people of all backgrounds, quite dramatic impacts have been seen with children from less advantaged communities where the needs are great, and in many cases, critical.  

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 greatest. 

That is why Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City is our featured school. For several years this small K-8 school has been beset by problems including cut programs and repeated faculty and staffing changes creating destabilization that has been extremely harmful to the students despite tremendous concern and huge efforts from the Marin City parents, community and religious leaders and many others to help their children.

The conditions at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy reached a critical low in 2016.  Happily assistance from the county, state and local communities has come forward to help answer the Marin City community’s long-time wish for a culturally relevant community school for their children.  Great collaborative work has begun but progress takes time.  

The effects of the harm previously inflicted in recent years at the school on top of centuries of historical racism and related trauma are deep and complex and not easily resolved.  We believe the time is perfect for bringing a mindfulness program into Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy to promote:

  • Vibrant mental health
  • Pro-social behavior
  • Improved school climate 
  • Foundations for learning

Your donations will 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 Joyful Mind Project — and for considering this request.

With joyful enthusiasm,
Chelsea True
Founder, Joyful Mind Project


We have an urgent funding request for a mindfulness education project taking place at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City, CA in grades 1-8.  

The program will meet weekly; utilize evidence-based curriculum; and build the capacity for the school to independently sustain ongoing outcomes including improved school climate and creating a positive environment for student learning.

The total cost for this school-wide program is $12,000.00  

Funds raised so far:  $1,917.94

Amount still needed:  $10,082.06

We are grateful to the following donors who are helping make this program possible:

Christine Durbin

Elizabeth Vaughn

Barbara Sapienza, PhD

Linda Graham, MFT

Rebecca Stoddard

John Koch

Stephanie Elliott

Patricia Kearns

Quin Cowmey

Marleen Roggow

Rick Hanson, PhD


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.