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Operation: Prefrontal Cortex

$12,366 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 6 months
2018 was Toronto’s most violent year ever, with a 48% increase in homicides since 2017, and over 18,000 reported assaults within the GTA.

But what are we going to do about it?
Operation: Prefrontal Cortex. A program that harnesses the power of mindfulness to help reduce the incidents of violence in our communities. Minds for lives. 

To bring this to life, our first step is to create a pilot program to bring mindfulness practices to schools in the Toronto school board, and we need your help to raise $25,000 to fund the pilot in five schools (covering kindergarten to grade 12).

How will the funds be used?
We will be partnering with Mindfulness Everyday to train teachers in their SMART Education Program. SMART (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) is a secular program that integrates the teachings, practices and research from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, emotion theory, and compassion training. We will train teachers to be able to pass on their knowledge to both teachers and students.

We will also be conducting research during the pilot program to create a case study documenting the program’s success to bring to the Ministry of Education. After the pilot is complete, the training can be done at a cost schools can afford, allowing it to be rolled out to schools across the GTA.

How do we know it will work?
Studies have shown a connection between violent and aggressive behaviour and the amygdala, the part of the brain that regulates emotions, particularly fear and anxiety, as well as the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for thinking, planning, reasoning and decision making. These are the same parts of the brain that are impacted in children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

Mindfulness practices have been shown to calm the amygdala and strengthen the prefrontal cortex and have already been successfully rolled out in a variety of places including schools and prisons.

In Massachusetts, the Walpole maximum security prison houses some of the state’s most violent criminals. But a study that looked at the effectiveness of the mindfulness practice, Transcendental Meditation, found that the inmates who practiced it showed significant reductions in aggression. Following their release, researchers also found that there was a 27% lower rate of reincarceration

 compared to non-meditating parolees.

In San Francisco, Visitacion Valley middle school  was seen as one of the worst in the state. Surrounded by drugs and gang violence, the kids were stressed out and agitated, with several fights breaking out each day. Since introducing mindfulness practices suspensions at the school dropped by 45% and attendance went up to a staggering 98% (some of the best in the city). Today 20% of graduates are even being admitted to the highly academic Lowell high school, somewhere that in the past would have lucky to have one student accepted.

In Mexico, the Apodaca prison  in the state of Nuevo León was the scene for one of the most violent jail incidents in recent Mexican history, in which 44 prisoners died during a riot. Since introducing mindfulness practices with its 700 inmates, no cases of extreme violence have been reported and the prison is now one of the safest in Mexico.

We need your help to stop the violence in our city. Together, our minds can save lives.
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1 month ago
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