THE DELAWARE


 
PROJECT

Our goal is to create an affordable and reimbursable mindfulness training system specially designed for underserved communities and middle-and lower-income families in Delaware. Delaware, with the support of 150+ statewide stakeholders from public and private sectors, is on course to become the First Mindful State.



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DELAWARE PROJECT UPDATE

GOAL

Our goal is to create an affordable and reimbursable mindfulness training system specially designed for underserved communities and middle-and lower-income families in Delaware.

Delaware, with the support of 150+ statewide stakeholders from public and private sectors, is on course to become the First Mindful State

The GIFT Delaware training is designed to become a model for all America.

And here’s why we are doing it…

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    Mindful school children will find it easier to focus their attention and regulate their emotions.
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    Mindful teens will be more likely to be self-disciplined and ready for higher education.
  • Mindful adults will suffer from fewer stress-related illnesses, lowering overall healthcare expenses.
  • Mindful leaders will have greater calm and clarity making important decisions about the people and corporations they serve.

SO FAR...

Working with very little funding, GIFT has already set up 23 mindfulness training programs working with our partner Dr. Carol Kuprevich, the Director of Training at the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. These programs are open to ALL Delawareans at NO COST! Already over 250 people have received this training, and we expect that another 750 will participate in our programs in the first half of 2018.

As a result of our 2017 successes, for 2018 and 2019, we project training 4,445 Delawareans from our nonprofits, mental health community, businesses, veterans and schools. At existing private sector costs, this training has a $482,650 value. Part of our model is to train trainers to reach the clients they serve. In total, we project impacting 97,250 Delawareans for FREE.

GIFT held our first Delaware meeting in June of 2016. We had no idea what response we would get to mindfulness and meditation. We figured if GIFT could enlist 6 to 10 like-minded people, this could be a decent beginning. To our most pleasant surprise, 50 people showed up!

Jim Walsh was one of the attendees. How lucky for GIFT! Jim now runs GIFT in Delaware and is a superstar.

Bill McCracken, a top-of-the-line Kabat-Zinn trainer and faculty member of the Delaware Technical & Community College (Del Tech) was another. In Delaware, Del Tech is a most respected statewide opinion maker. Bill suggested that Del Tech might add mindfulness training for stress reduction for their employees and then, as part of the regular curriculum, train students in mindfulness for higher-stress jobs such as nurses in hospitals.  

GIFT called Mark Brainard, the Del Tech President, former Chief of Staff to Governor Ruth Ann Minner. Over a one-year period, Mark diligently worked with his team, and is instituting Bill’s original recommendations.  

Then Mark went one step better. In October 2017, Del Tech hosted Delaware’s first Mindfulness Summit. 108 people attended and this event, under Mark’s and Bill’s leadership, was a great success - adding important momentum to making Delaware The First Mindful State.

During 2016, GIFT hosted six other introductory meetings. GIFT now has enlisted 150 + statewide stakeholders and enthusiasts.

GIFT’s major impact has been in training.

SECTOR

# PEOPLE TRAINED

PRIVATE SECTOR VALUE (*)

CLIENTS SERVED MINDFUL PRACTICE IMPLEMENTED

Nonprofits

565

$127,750

61,500

Mental Health

1,660

$198,900

20,750

Business

2,000

$100,000

N/A

Veterans

100

$ 35,000

N/A

Schools (20 schools)

120

$ 21,000

15,000 students

120 teachers practice mindfulness

TOTAL

4,445

482,650

97,250

“We want to help as many Delawareans as possible.This is such an amazing community to live in”

SAM AND JOAN BEARD, LOCAL RESIDENTS

NEXT STEPS

Our Goal is to raise $100,000 to train more people in mindfulness in Delaware over the next 12 months. The money will go to;

  • Paying mindfulness trainers for all GIFT sponsored programs.
  • Helping to fund training of new mindfulness trainers for Delaware.
  • Continued outreach to agencies, schools, and organizations that serve underserved populations in Delaware.
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    And funding vital infrastructure for GIFT’s work to be sustainable for years to come.

Every $50 we raise = 1 trainee, $100 2 trainees, $500 10 trainees

95% of all funds raised will go directly into the GIFT Delaware Training, with the remaining 5% to OVERHEAD

All enquiries re the Delaware project or register your interest in supporting this work,

email hello@moremindfulworld.org

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