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The 4LBU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2017 committed to educate and provide services that will enhance the livelihood and well-being of all people, particularly those in underserved communities, locally and globally. The Foundation specializes in pairing everyday activities with mindfulness and meditation to ensure that our youth are present and aware.

The 4LBU Foundation was founded by Prince Daniels, Jr., a mindfulness expert, author and former NFL running back. When his football career ended due to injuries in 2009, Daniels turned tragedy into triumph. Having never imagined a life without football, he used meditation to focus in on a new strategy for his future and The I’mAgine book series manifested. His first book, “Danny Yukon and the Secrets of the Amazing Lamp” provides a model for youth to learn how to meditate to confront their fears, pursue their dreams, and enhance their overall well-being. Daniels is actively involved with local community programs and schools teaching mindfulness, increasing literacy and inspiring the love of reading in our youth.

Our Programs

BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION PRACTICES

  • Adolescents who are mindful, either through temperament or training, tend to experience greater well-being; and mindfulness correlates positively with positive emotion, popularity and friendship – extensiveness, and negatively with negative emotion and anxiety. Miners, R. (2008) Collected and Connected: Mindfulness and the early Adolescent. Dissertations Abstracts International: Section B. The Sciences and Engineering, 68,9.
  • A year-long study of 17 to 19 year-old students showed decreases in negative affect, and increases in calm, relaxation, self-acceptance, emotional regulation, awareness and clarity. Broderick, P.C., & Metz, S. (2009) Learning to BREATHE: A pilot trial of a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 2(1), 35- 45.
  • A 12-week group program for 9 to 13 year old children who were struggling academically, was found to have significant improvements on measures of attention and reductions in anxiety and behavior problems compared to those who had not yet had the program. Semple, R., Lee, J., Dinelia, R., & Miller, L. (2010) A Randomized Trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children: Promoting Mindful Attention to Enhance Social-Emotional Resiliency in Children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19(2), 218-229.
  • A pilot study of 8 adolescents with ADHD who took part in a mindfulness course and showed improvements on tasks measuring attention and cognitive inhibition, and in externally observed and self reported anxiety and depressive symptoms. Zylowska, L. (2008) Mindfulness meditation training in adults and adolescents with ADHD: A feasibility study. Journal of Attention Disorders 2008;11 (6) 737-746.

OUR VALUES

Enrich and Inspire

PROGRAMS

Mind Your Gold Youth
Mind Your Gold Youth is a financial literacy program created to empower youth with the mindset, skill, and confidence to foster healthy relationships with money. This program combines mindfulness training and financial literacy education to aid in the decision-making process and understand how to budget, save, invest and explore the options of banking services, career choices, and entrepreneurship for the next generation.

Mindfulness Program
An introductory mindfulness curriculum developed to teach youth and young adults about the importance of self awareness, healthy decision making, self confidence, and leadership skills. Our goal is to create compassionate, creative, focused and independent individuals through the basis of structured experiential learning. Among other valuable lessons, participants learn to explore their purpose, develop kindness towards themselves and others, and how to handle potentially negative distractors like peer pressure and social media.

Ultimate Athlete Retreat: Youth Edition
The Ultimate Athlete Retreat: Youth Edition is an exclusive, 5-day event designed to help youth athletes, ages 12 to 18, of any sport and skill set to take their game to the highest performance level through mindfulness and intention. The retreat is led by experienced professionals and athletes in meditation, nutrition and meal prep instruction, sate-of-the-art fitness workouts, and other useful lifestyle practices.

Scholarships

The 4LBU Foundation offers scholarships for all paid programs.

BOARD MEMBERS

Prince Daniels Jr.
Prince Daniels Jr. Founder & President
Prince “P.J.” Daniels, Jr. is the founder of The 4LBU Foundation and serves as President of the Board. He is an author, motivational speaker, inspirational fitness trainer and expert in the areas of fitness, meditation, and holistic health. Daniels was born in Texas, and grew up in Houston and Mississippi and was a walk-on at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he majored in business management and minored in organic chemistry. A former professional athlete, he inspires people all over the world to practice the fitness of the mind, body, and spirit to enhance their overall well-being.
Leybelis Padilla, MD
Leybelis Padilla, MDBoard Member
As a practicing Gastroenterologist, with a special interest in the mind-gut connection, she brings a breadth of knowledge in every day practice as she sees the impact of mindful practices affect overall health and well being. Prior to pursuing her medical career, she worked in sales in the commercial building and construction industry. Leybelis earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and Medical Degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She has years of volunteer experience in the community working with youth, most recently serving as a “Big” for Big Brothers Big Sisters. And now with children of her own, realizes the value and impact of raising conscious, mindful children.
Kristen Wright-Matthews
Kristen Wright-MatthewsBoard Member
Kristen Wright-Matthews serves as the Director of Communications at 4LBU, LLC and the 4LBU Foundation. She brings over twenty years of experience in the field of public relations and the nonprofit sector. Kristen has worked with hundreds of personalities, companies and nonprofit organizations to help them to bring awareness to their brands. Since meeting Prince in 2013, Kristen has integrated mindfulness and meditation into her lifestyle. When tragedy affected her own family, she was inspired by Prince’s teachings and used it to come up with a plan to help her son to cope with pregnancy loss. They created the Blankies 4 My Buddies program which provides warmth and comfort for sick and displaced children.
Marcus Di Fiore
Marcus Di FioreBoard Member
Marcus is a 20-year banking professional who has spent his career with small, medium and large financial institutions. In his current role with Comerica Bank, Marcus is a Senior Relationship Manager who is responsible for attracting and retaining the banking business of companies with revenues greater than $30 million. His expertise lies within advising the c-suite and helping them to identity business risks that could impact their ability to repay their debts and achieving growth and profitability goals. In support of our San Diego community, Marcus has held numerous board roles with the likes of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, Serving Seniors, and he is currently chair of the Gerson Institute and interim Treasurer for Mainly Mozart. His passion lies with helping our nation’s most vulnerable citizens which includes the elderly, poor, and at-risk youth. Personally, Marcus was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and he later moved to Houston in 1998 to attend Texas Southern on a baseball scholarship.
Jai Daggett
Jai DaggettBoard Member
After working for several different organizations in the medical industry for more than 14 years, Jai founded his own business, Daggett Consulting Group in Texas which helps employers negotiate benefits packages for employees. He regularly volunteer with scouting groups and helps with Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) in the Alvin public school district in Texas. Watch D.O.G.S. is a nationally- recognized program that uses the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to be a presence in the schools and to be a positive and active role model for students at their school. Jai has a heart for service and has been committed to giving back to the community by serving on several education, health and child welfare boards including: Southwest Charter Schools, The Christus Foundation, and Child Advocates. Jai is currently running for Pearland, Texas City Council. He has been married for 11 years and is the proud father of two children, Kaia 9 and Jaison 6.

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