EMT aims to develop curriculum based on mindfulness and personal strength

Josie McKeeThe Prescott College Human Development program “provides perspectives on human needs and potential while encouraging personal growth and increasingly sophisticated communication skills.” These facets of the program embody my personal development goals as well as my goals for helping inspire others.

I work as an Emergency Medical Technician and high-angle/swift-water rescue specialist for Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue (YOSAR). I have been working in outdoor/adventure education for nearly 10 years. I teach yoga and rock climbing. I have noticed a correlation in the skills that I have gained in these various professions as well as my personal life; these skills seem to be severely lacking in many of my students and people that I interact with on a day to day basis: 1. Mindfulness: the ability to be aware and attentive to yourself, your body, and your interaction with people and the surrounding environment. 2. Personal strength, the power and health of mind and body.

Through my interactions with students and coworkers, I’ve noticed that most personal and interpersonal problems arise from a lack mindfulness and personal strength. Problems always arise in the form of miscommunication, if one becomes more MINDFUL of what he/she says, how it is said, his/her body language, etc, and has the PERSONAL STRENGTH to adjust behavior, an emotionally charged argument could instead be an informative discussion. If a person has an awareness of his/her body and the environment around them, perhaps a stumble on a mountain trail, resulting in a broken leg and an 8-hour rescue, could have been avoided. These are just a couple of many examples I have encountered.

I like to see people succeed. As a YOSAR technician, I have been put through many trying circumstances from dealing with fatalities to multiple-day, backcountry searches in variable weather conditions. Through these and other personal experiences in the outdoors, I have begun to master mindfulness and personal strength, the tools that enhance growth and communication, and help people to succeed. As a guide and educator, I have helped inspire success, but I have also seen many failures. I have often struggled with how to help others understand how to cultivate more successful behaviors. I decided to go into the Human Development program at Prescott College because I want to better understand how humans learn and grow. I want to learn to be a better facilitator of success.

My vision upon the completion of this program is to develop a curriculum based on mindfulness and personal strength. I will present this curriculum in the educational organizations where I have worked, as workshops in personal growth, and within public and private schools and colleges.

We are proud to announce Josie McKee is one of the current JustJobs Scholarship finalists. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • Judy

    Josie has inspired a transformation in our small non-profit
    organization. As Executive Director I knew we needed something different in our
    afterschool programs. Through conversations with Josie I learned how
    mindfulness training can impact children’s lives. As a result we are starting a
    new mindfulness program this summer with youth 6 – 18 years of age.

  • Mary

    Many people see the things that Josie has seen as an EMT and become cynical about the future, it is the rare individual that can reflect on those problems and propose positive solutions. Kudos to Josie and good luck.

  • Emily Bartlett

    Josie = strength, determination, awareness. I wish I had these skills at family Thanksgiving gatherings. Great essay from a talented woman.

  • Emily Weinstein

    Mindfulness was not taught in any of the schools I attended, but I wish it had been. A mindfulness curriculum will benefit all students, teachers and humans. Josie McKee is highly qualified to create and implement one. She is a climber, teacher, rescuer, and person of great power, presence, compassion, and competence. Her vision will be a great reality.

  • Mash Alexander

    Thank you for following your heart and applying your skills, training, and compassion! Keep shredding the gnar and crushing the glory! MUIR pow’r 2 U~ M i n d f u l l n e s s = P E A C E

  • Jill Chall

    Great writing, Josie ! I wish you all the Best in pursuing your dreams, you are well on your way !

  • Nicole Edmison

    Josie McKee. Once again proving to be wise well beyond her years.