We have to teach children that violence is not an acceptable approach to problem solving. This may seem like a "no-brainer", but put yourself in the shoes of an African-American child growing up in Savannah, Georgia. As of June 20th, the city had it's 29th reported homicide of 2016. In 2015 there were 53 homicides, the city's most violent year in a quarter-century. Too many young people in this southern city are finding drugs and violence as an answer to their problems. At Savannah Classical Academy we are trying to be counter-cultural. How can we help these children find a better way of life? We are providing our students with a topnotch education. How can we help them deal with conflicts that are sure to arise in life? How can we counteract what their community tells them, which is to react when something negative happens? We believe that we have found a tool to help in this mission: mindfulness. We believe that by teaching our students to be mindful or aware of their thoughts and feelings, they are better equipped to deal with negative situations. We are teaching them how to handle negative self-talk and difficult feelings through guided meditation, and discussions about mindfulness. Giving the students a way to self-regulate their thoughts can provide unbelievable positive effects for children in stressful living situations.