Our Youth Programmes

Our unique programs incorporate Mindfulness, Yoga, stress reduction & emotional intelligence to help young people develop positive relationships and live meaningful lives, whatever that is for each individual. 

Our programs are fun, engaging & responsive to the needs of our young people. Our aim is for youth to develop positive inner resources in order to transform their own lives.

Our paid youth and school programs fund our work for those who cannot afford it.

To enquire about having our program in your school, email us for more information: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com

"A group of Onehunga High School students and staff has benefited from a Mindfulness and Yoga pilot programme, led by Kristina Cavit of the Kindness Institute. The open and respectful approach of Kristina and her colleagues, combined with the accessible programme content, has had very positive outcomes for everyone involved.                             Consistently, participants report:

·         improved ability to relax                         ·         decreased stress levels                           ·         increased appreciation of self and others ·         increased respect for self and others ·         successfully applying techniques to           reduce anxiety/anger                                         ·         greater connectedness                        

Every student and staff member involved, stated that this programme has been helpful and that they would like to continue with it.

- Diedre Shea, Onehunga High School Principal 

The Kindness Institute has worked with youth in:

  • High School
  • Primary School
  • Alternative education
  •  Women in prison

Young people from our pilot program reported a reduction in stress and that they would like to continue this program.

Our work in alternative education over the past 3 years has contributed positively to the development of confidence, empathy, compassion, and turning around anti-social and sometimes criminal behaviours in rangatahi. We have piloted a highly successful program in alternative education with The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand & Mindful Aotearoa. 

See research on our program here: Mindfulness in alternative education evaluation  In partnership with The Mental Health Foundation, Mindful Aotearoa & Nga Rangtahi Toa

"I can confidently say that through the Mindfulness program that she took part in this year, *Emily's whole approach to life, school, her after school job, and her relationships, has made her a new person. It's been a massive blessing to her journey and something she now uses in day to day life." - Mother of participant

*Name has been changed to protect privacy