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Becoming Mindful: Collaborating to Empower Students and Peacefully Resolve Problems

Michael Rozalski, Angela Stewart, Benjamin Andrus, Christina Interlichia


As the expectations in schools increase, especially during the COVID pandemic, and more pressure is placed on younger students, more students are experiencing high levels of stress. According to a national survey, “approximately one in every four to five youth in the U.S. meets the criteria for a mental disorder.” Anxiety was found to be the most commonly occurring mental disorder, with approximately thirty-two percent of adolescents meeting the criteria for the disorder. While not all youth may struggle with mental disorders, every student faces daily stress both in and out of school.

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