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Mental wellbeing is not a one-size fits all approach.
MAPs offers Online Mindfulness Programs customized for specific professions and populations delivered through self-paced learning modules.

Group of Teenagers

Given all the uncertainty and stress in your world,


You as a teen are stressed.
And why wouldn't you be?

The teenage years are hard. From balancing your social life, school work, and extracurricular activities, to navigating the transition of becoming a young adult, it’s no wonder why 45% of high school students report feeling stressed all the time.1

In addition, you are faced with unique challenges that the adults in your life may not understand, such as increasingly competitive academic environments, the pressure of social media, and cyberbullying. Not to mention, dealing with the unknown aftermath of COVID-19 which caused more stress among teenagers than any other age group.

79% of Gen Z teens are under severe stress, mostly caused by uncertainty about the future. More than 2 in 5 teens say the level of stress in their life has increased over the past year.2

So much is changing within you and around you. While change is a normal part of life, it can feel overwhelming and potentially impact your mental and emotional wellbeing. If you feel this way, you’re not alone: 7 out of 10 U.S. teens say that anxiety and depression is a major problem among their peers.3

The good news is there are skills and tools you can learn to manage stress, increase resilience, and thrive in the teenage years and beyond.

As a teen, so much is going on around you. But are you taking the time to focus on  yourself?

1Global News Wire, 2018
2APA, 2020, 2020

Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for Teens was developed because we understand the teenage years are hard, but you deserve to enjoy them!

What is MAPs for Teens?

Mindfulness for Teens, taught by experts in Adolescent Psychology

A comprehensive and balanced approach to stress management for teens. Our online program is custom designed for the unique stressors and challenges faced by teens ages 12-17.

Our 7 engaging modules offer insights and tips across the fields of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Self-Compassion to help manage stress and deal with the everyday pressures of being a teen. The bonus module on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) focuses on how to recognize and respect differences, and appreciate shared commonalities.

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What Will I Learn?

Approximately 6.5 hours of video content and practice exercises covering the following topics:

Module 1
 Introduction to
Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Meet your program co-hosts, get an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, and learn the importance of taking care of yourself and focusing on your wellbeing.

Module 2
Shifting Your

Learn to calm your mind, focus your attention, and see things from a new perspective in order to reduce stress and feel more in control.

Module 3

Explore the science of stress and understand our natural “Negativity Bias” as humans. Learn how to be present with feelings of discomfort and negative emotions in order to transform your experience with stressful situations.

Module 4

Identify your ingrained habits and patterns that may be standing in your way, as well as your unique Character Strengths that help you succeed. Understand how to navigate periods of transition in order to find growth and resilience.

Module 5
Compassion for
Yourself & Others

Discover what Self-Compassion truly is and the various practices you can use to cultivate deeper compassion for yourself and others.

Module 6
Learning to Become
Friends With Yourself

Build on the Self-Compassion skills you have already learned in order to be kinder to yourself in difficult moments and explore the possibility of being your own friend.

Module 7
& Connection

Use Mindfulness tools to communicate more clearly and strengthen your connection with others. Learn useful strategies to manage social anxiety and communication phrases to help you respond to triggers in a more skillful way.

Cory is a former monk, mindfulness advisor for the Dr. Oz show, and bestselling author. He has taught Mindful Leadership at Columbia University, is an instructor of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and for the last ten years has offered mindfulness workshops and retreats around the world. Named by Dr. Oz as one of the nation’s leading experts on mindfulness, his meditations have been heard more than 10 million times in over 100 countries. Cory is the host of the top ranked podcast, Practicing Human, host of the mindfulness app and platform,, and author of the bestselling book, Stop Missing Your Life: How to Be Deeply Present in an Un-Present World.
Cory Muscara, MAPP
Program Co-Host
and Multi-Program Contributor
Karen is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She co-created the curriculum Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens and wrote the The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens. She has been a mindfulness practitioner for almost 40 years and has 18 years of classroom experience.
Karen Bluth, Ph.D.
Program Co-Host
and Multi-Program Contributor

Kailen Guggenheim is Founder & President of Mindful Awareness Practices, LLC and is passionate about spreading the transformative practice of mindfulness within professional industries and beyond. She is a lecturer and published author of “Put It In Perspective: A Teen’s Guide to Sanity” (AuthorHouse, 2014), a book offering mindfulness and stress-management tools for teenagers and young-adults. Kailen graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in under three years, and received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Spirituality and Mind Body Practices from Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, she has completed an advanced certificate in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution from the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia.

Kailen Guggenheim
Founder, President &
Multi-Program Contributor
Valerie transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy, compassionate, and authentic connections.  She is an accredited leadership coach, international retreat leader, writer, and Chief Mindfulness Officer of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness and leadership, and is a Co-Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.
Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC
Multi-Program Contributor

"This program really helped to shift my perspective and focus on everything that is RIGHT in my life instead of what I thought I was missing."

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