INWARD BOUND MINDFULNESS EDUCATION INC

aka iBme   |   Concord, MA   |  https://ibme.com/

Mission

iBme’s in-depth mindfulness programming guides teens and young adults in developing self-awareness, compassion, and ethical decision making, and empowers them to apply these skills in improving their lives and communities. Our vision at iBme is to support future generations of heart-centered, diverse leaders who are prepared to respond to the challenges of their time with focus, resiliency, and compassion for themselves, their communities, and the global environment. iBme is committed to caring for the natural world and addressing issues of social justice in all that we do.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Collaborative Leadership Team

Main address

PO Box 516

Concord, MA 01742 USA

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EIN

27-3029390

NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Teen & Young Adult Retreats

Our multi-day residential retreats teach participants proven awareness and concentration practices. Through guided mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and mindful movement, participants learn how to settle a busy mind, direct and sustain attention, investigate emotions and thoughts, cultivate compassion, and communicate with their peers.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The iBme model has proven to be extremely beneficial for parents and professionals who work with youth. We offer retreats, both residential and wilderness, that share our unique model with parents, teachers, and professionals. Our retreats incorporate periods of silence, relational mindfulness, movement, and freetime. Appropriate for both new and experienced practitioners.

We continue to expand our adult program offerings through partnerships with several institutions, including UCLA and Middlesex School. Check out our calendar to see which retreats are being offered this year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Teen & Young Adult Retreats

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Percentage of program participants receiving partial or full scholarships

Number of youth programs offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Young adults, Caregivers

Related Program

Teen & Young Adult Retreats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of retreats offered

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Young adults, Caregivers

Related Program

Teen & Young Adult Retreats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of youth and all-ages retreat participants

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is proud to be blazing a trail in developing and facilitating immersive mindfulness retreats for youth in the United States and internationally. Adolescence presents unique vulnerabilities and opportunities that make training in mindfulness and compassion at this life stage particularly important and transformative. Learning these skills as a teen can have lifelong, positive impacts that ripple out through families and communities.

Our mission is to provide in-depth mindfulness programming for youth and the parents and professionals who support them. Our programming guides teens and young adults in developing self-awareness, compassion, and ethical decision making, and empowers them to apply these skills in improving their lives and communities.

Mindfulness means paying attention to and knowing what's happening in the present moment with kindness and curiosity. At iBme, we introduce young people to mindfulness through guided meditation, mindful movement, group discussions, nature connection, and playful group activities. Participants in our programs explore how mindfulness can support them in daily life, sports, and creative arts, and how mindfulness and compassion skills can address issues like conflict resolution, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

Within the safe and supportive retreat setting, teens also learn relational mindfulness skills including empathy, compassion, ethical decision making, and mindful communication. By flowing in and out of silence, focusing on their inner experience and then engaging with the outer world in a mindful way, iBme participants build skills that deepen their connection to themselves, each other, and the world. They experience a deepened a sense of interconnection and begin to recognize their own inherent value as they connect authentically with their peers and are seen, heard, and loved for who they truly are. By unplugging from technology and engaging in deep and intentional community-building, many teens who feel hesitant at first, walk away saying it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

Teens and parents regularly share that iBme programs are transformative. More than 50% of participants return for future retreats, and demand for our programs continues to grow across the United States and internationally. Our retreat programs continue to flourish, with 500 participants attending our 14 retreats in 2017, including our first UK teen retreat.

Teen Retreats: Teen Retreats comprise the majority of iBme's programs, and each week-long retreat teaches awareness and concentration practices to youth ages 15-19. Through guided mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and mindful movement, participants learn how to settle a busy mind, direct and sustain attention, investigate emotions and thoughts, cultivate compassion, and communicate with their peers.

Adult Retreats: iBme offers residential retreats that share our unique model with parents, teachers, and professionals. Our retreats incorporate periods of silence, relational mindfulness, movement, and free time. We continue to expand our adult program offerings through partnerships with several institutions, including UCLA and the Middlesex School.

School Partnerships: iBme partners with high schools, colleges, and universities to offer retreats as a complement to existing mindfulness curriculum. We have provided retreats for students, faculty, alumni, and parents through partnerships with Middlesex School, Harvard University, UCLA, and the University of Virginia. Our newest partnership with Koru will provide spring break retreats to young adults from over 50 universities.

Teacher Training: iBme's Mindfulness Teacher Training prepares professionals working with adolescents to implement in-depth mindfulness curriculum in high schools, colleges, and other youth settings. Participants learn mindfulness practices developed for adolescents and the skills to be effective mindful mentors. In 2018, we inaugurated our first year-long Teacher Training with a cohort of 39 teachers and youth advocates.

Since our founding in 2010, iBme has become one of the leading organizations in the United States to offer secular mindfulness training for youth. As mindfulness grows in popularity and introductory mindfulness programs spread to schools across the country, we provide teens with a unique opportunity to deepen these practices. The iBme retreat model allows participants to gain a level of insight into their own experience and an authentic connection with peers that is rare in everyday life. iBme's approach also emphasizes relational mindfulness and combines contemplative practices with conversations about social and global challenges.

iBme offers retreats to youth from a variety of backgrounds, and with the help of supporters at all levels, no teen is ever turned away for lack of funds. In 2015, iBme implemented a new retreat pricing model based on a radical sliding scale in which families are asked to contribute 1% of their family income. If families are unable to contribute 1% of their family income, we ask that they contribute a small fee of $35 towards offsetting the cost of the retreat. In 2017, iBme offered full or partial scholarships to 75% of participants and the scholarship funds given totaled over $380,000.

We are proud of our diversity in terms of class and identity: in 2017, 28% of our participants were teens of color, and 32% of our teen participants identified as LGBTQIA+. iBme intentionally does not target a particular demographic to participate in our programs. We deeply value the unfortunately rare opportunity for youth to connect authentically with peers from very different backgrounds.

In the future, iBme will continue our seven teen retreats, two adult retreats, and grow our residential retreats with increasing capacity and offerings. We will expand upon our partnerships with like minded organizations to bring meditation to teens and those who support them.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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INWARD BOUND MINDFULNESS EDUCATION INC

Board of directors
as of 5/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jake Davis

Austin Thoren

Beatriz Meza-Valencia

Charisse Minerva Spencer

Chris McKenna

Dan Scheibe

Dawa Phillips

Jake Davis

Khalila Archer

Lewis Collins

Shoshana Perry

Taeya Boi-Doku

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.