Oscar-winning actress and children's advocate Goldie Hawn speaks about a science-based education program to address emotional stress among children at a National Press Club luncheon on November 5, 2013.
Hawn, disturbed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, founded The Hawn Foundation in 2003 to help children develop the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier and happier lives. The foundation, working with neuroscientists, educators and psychologists, developed MindUP, a curriculum and teaching model for primary school children aimed at helping them understand their own emotions, moods and behavior, while giving them tools to help them reduce their stress and anxiety. Since its creation, schools in six countries have adopted the program, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and Venezuela. Schools in Serbia and Croatia are working toward adopting the program.
In addition to acting in beloved movies including "Private Benjamin" and "Cactus Flower," the Washington-area native is the author of two books, a memoir, "A Lotus Grows in the Mud," and "10 Mindful Minutes."