Congratulations to our 2016 Desnoyers Non-Profit Contest Recipient Mindful Kids Miami!


Congratulations to our 2016 Desnoyers Non-Profit Contest Recipient Mindful Kids Miami!

Mindful Kids Miami, Inc. (MKM), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Valerie York-Zimmerman, a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher and her husband, Leonard A.  Zimmerman, M.D. MKM seeks to bring the benefits of mindfulness to children from pre-K through the 12th grade in Miami-Dade County. Mindful  Kids Miami helps educators, health providers and caregivers teach mindfulness skills to children and youth in schools and other settings.

MKM’s vision is to improve the lives of all children in the community by giving them access to mindfulness skills which reduce stress and anxiety, develop attention and focus, promote emotional regulation and impulse control, teach empathy and compassion, and create a sense of well-being.

Since Valerie and Leonard launched Mindful Kids Miami in 2011, MKM has been extremely passionate about bringing the skills of mindfulness to all children, grades Pre-K through 12, throughout the Miami-Dade Community. She has served as the Executive Director, President of the Board, Senior Teacher and Trainer.

MKM has been recognized in over twenty three publications including Mindful Magazine, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review and the New York Times. The work of Mindful Kids Miami is also supported by powerful voices including Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio and Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alberto M. Carvalho.

To do work like this takes courage and support! Desnoyers CPA applauds Mindful Kids Miami for their efforts in bringing mindful practices to the lives of children in Miami-Dade County, FL.

How can you support their mission?

  • Francis, The Breathing Bear, created by Mindful Kids Miami, is an adorable companion suitable for all ages. Francis can help children, teens and adults to become aware of their breath, relax and learn to breathe fully into their bellies. Francis can be adapted for the young and the young-at-heart, individually or in classroom/group settings.
  • Grants and contributions from individuals who support the well-being and education of children & teens. (Almost all of their funding is applied directly to education – teacher training and children’s mindfulness programs.)
  • Nearly all of their graphic design, production of presentation and education materials, and organization of educational events, are donated through the efforts of their talented and dedicated supporters.

Visit the Mindful Kids Miami website to give your contribution today!

Written by Desnoyers CPA

Desnoyers CPA

Known for her friendly, outgoing nature and her rare talent for financial foresight, Lydia Desnoyers has been serving individuals and small businesses in Florida since 2010. After earning her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida State University, she became a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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