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Introducing the Metro Atlanta Mindful Collective

The Metro Atlanta Collective is an effort to positively impact the well-being of students, educators, and families. By practicing mindful awareness in schools, students and educators reduce their stress while improving their ability to focus. Inner Explorer and Atlanta Public Schools offer access to daily audio-guided mindful practices, as well as educator training and mentoring for every center and family in the learning community. The collective seeks to address four key goals: provide daily mindful practice as a proven preventative wellness measure, improve cognitive development, build resilience through local expertise and capacity through educator training and mentoring programs, and link home and school through family participation.

Provide Mental Health Support

Explorer eDDITION

Atlanta Public Schools and Inner Explorer recognize the value of increasing access to stress-reducing, mindful awareness resources. Inner Explorer provides evidence-based wellness resources through daily practices to help combat the growing number of youth mental wellness concerns nationally.

Promote Cognitive Development

Community ADDITION

We are committed to cultivating a learning community that stimulates cognitive development while closing the achievement gap. Inner Explorer’s program positively impacts students' ability to think critically in school and in life. Implementing just 10 minutes of daily mindfulness practice in the club offers a sustainable way to improve cognitive development.

Build Local

district ADDITION

The Metro Atlanta Collective seeks to foster resilience by building local mindful expertise and capacity through access to training and mentoring programs. When everyone in the community understands and practices mindfulness, it positively impacts well-being and culture.

Engage Families in Daily Practice

Explorer eDDITION

We encourage families to participate in the same stress reduction practices their children hear in the classroom. A shared practice allows caregivers to experience the benefits of daily mindfulness.

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the fundamental human ability to be present, manage emotional reactions to stressful situations and everyday surroundings. Over 9,000 studies prove the benefits of daily mindfulness for children and adults. A growing number of these studies focus on how it can improve overall well-being, school culture, and cognitive development.

Improves Learning

Integrating mindfulness prepares students to focus and learn. Classrooms that practice daily report a 28% increase in Math grades, a 21% increase in Science grades, and a 15% increase in average G.P.A.

Enhances Mental Health

Daily mindfulness is a proven countermeasure to chronic stress, which is often associated with mental health concerns. Mindfulness teaches effective strategies to calm the central nervous system (CNS) and attenuate the body's natural fight/flight/freeze stress response.

Cultivates Lifelong Skills

Mindfulness teaches valuable skills such as self-awareness and emotional regulation. As a result, students and adults learn how to manage big emotions healthily, and treat one another with empathy and compassion.

An Opportunity For All Atlanta Students And Families To Experience Mindful Wellbeing

Join the Initiative

School and staff can access the Inner Explorer Program – a series of 180 daily mindfulness practices aligned with the school year – by filling out their school information in the "For Staff" tab.

Families can get started using the InnerExplorer HOME app, a companion mobile app with mindfulness practices available in English or Spanish. Register by filling out your student's school information in the "For Families" tab.

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About Our Partners

The Metro Atlanta Mindfulness Collective partners include Inner Explorer, Sheltering Arms, GreenLight Fund Atlanta and the Hawks. We invite you to learn more about our partners by visiting their websites linked below.

If your organization is interested in getting involved in the Metro Atlanta Mindfulness Collective, please email Royal Phillips at


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