Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author and children’s advocate. She is
the founder of The Hawn Foundation, a public charity with a mission to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need
to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives.
Alarmed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, and the persistent failure of the education system
to help children cope with increasingly stressful lives, Goldie began The Hawn Foundation in 2003 to apply cutting edge scientific
research to create education programs that support the social and emotional development of children. Working with leading
neuroscientists, educators and researchers, the Foundation developed MindUP™, an evidence-based curriculum and teaching model for grades K-8 that provides children with the tools to help them understand and improve their own emotions, moods and behaviors; reduce stress and anxiety; sharpen concentration; build confidence; increase empathy; and improve academic performance in school.
MindUP™ is currently being taught in schools in the United States and Canada. Ms. Hawn has been honored for her work with
children. Among them, in 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presented Goldie with a special award for her work to increase public understanding of mental health.