The Hawn Foundation was launched by actor and philanthropist Goldie Hawn in 2003 in response to the rising tide of school violence and bullying, youth depression and suicide. Hawn was concerned about the failure of the education system to help children cope and flourish.
Working with leading neuroscientists, educators and researchers, the Foundation produced the MindUP programme, a mindfulness project that works to reduce stress and improve academic performance and concentration skills among school-age children.
The MindUP programme is followed by nearly one million children in the US, Canada, UK, Serbia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. The skills and the mindfulness practices it teaches have helped children improve academic performance and learn valuable social and emotional skills that build personal resilience for a lifetime. Evaluations have shown that 81 per cent of children using MindUP increased their self-regulation and emotional intelligence.