MindHacks aims to utilize DBT principles to build mindful practices in middle school students through a curriculum created in partnership with UPMC Western Behavioral Health, Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3) and the Citrone 33 Foundation. We hope to develop skills and a healthy mindset in students to enhance interpersonal relationships and connectedness, develop positive coping strategies and improve overall wellness.
Launched in the winter of 2022, the MindHacks program encourages 6th grade students in 11 classrooms at Highlands Middle School to further their mental strength through mindfulness.
Students Participating in the Pilot Phase of MindHacks
Time for Your Mind
Local students and teachers are currently participating in our pilot phase of MindHacks! Following the conclusion of the pilot, our goal is to bring MindHacks to middle school students throughout Western Pennsylvania.
The MindHacks video series, produced by PensTV and funded by the Citrone 33 Foundation, consists of short-form “MindHack” videos that feature thoughtful (and fun!) coping skills through the eyes of professional athletes from Pittsburgh’s sports teams and beyond. These ambassadors and role models discuss emotional conditions, practical tips to address them, and their favorite coping methods.
In addition to the MindHacks video series, the toolkit also includes educational items for hands-on learning, as well as Penguins-branded items to excite students to engage in mindful practices. The accompanying curriculum utilizes various teaching techniques, including group discussion, games, team-building activities, and practice of relaxation skills. The program maintains a close alignment with the PA Department of Education’s Career Ready Skills Continuum.
Interested in learning more about MindHacks or our mental wellness programming? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
"We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the MindHacks team! It has been exciting to watch our teachers get trained and see the extensive resources this program provides. We are looking forward to kicking off this partnership and overjoyed to see the success of our sixth grade class."Becky Bragan, PrincipalHighlands Middle School
"We are excited to team up with MindHacks. After all the stress and trauma of the pandemic, MindHacks is bringing a fun, engaging, and positive push to combat the difficulties of mental health within our young students. The tie to our present and past favorite sports and public figures, I believe, will be great for our students and staff."Cory Sakolsky, Assistant PrincipalHighlands Middle School