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New Mission Ventures, led by Mia Doces, is Committee for Children’s in-house innovation lab for incubating new products to support children’s social-emotional development.


Founded in 2013, New Mission Ventures has built and launched a number of successful innovations that are helping to redefine what’s possible in the field of social-emotional learning (SEL). Director Mia Doces and her Advisory Task Force identify opportunities for innovation and work with partners to fund research and design in the space. Projects focus on leveraging Committee for Children’s 30+ years of leadership in the social-emotional learning field, exploring ways to increase access to SEL beyond the classroom walls.

Current Projects

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Mind Yeti

Mindfulness for Kids and Their Adults
Mind Yeti is a mindfulness app used by over 30,000 educators and parents across the globe. Guided audio sessions help children calm down, focus their attention, and get ready for whatever’s next.

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The Mobile App for Parents
Drawing on the expertise of pediatricians, parent coaches, and leading researchers in social-emotional learning, Parachute provides parents of young children with techniques to support more cooperative parent-child relationships.

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SEL in Games: Resolving Conflict in Minecraft

Exploring Ways to Teach SEL Skills to Young People in Multi-Player Spaces
New Mission Ventures is partnering with Mimi Ito and Katie Salen of Connected Camps to explore how conflict resolution skills might be taught in the Minecraft space.

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Smart Toys for Self-Regulation

Research at the Cutting Edge of Learning Through Play
Traditional toys are often used to support social-emotional learning in children with special needs. This research project asks the question: can digitally enhanced “smart” toys have an even greater impact?

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Past Projects

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Points of Light Civic X Accelerator

Funding to Support New Civic Enterprises
In the fall of 2014, New Mission Ventures sponsored Points of Light’s fifth Civic Accelerator, a program to help accelerate “civic ventures”—enterprises that inspire, equip, and mobilize people to create positive change.

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Parent Coaching App Pilot

Online Coaching Modules to Help Parents Support SEL
New Mission Ventures partnered with Mazlo, a company that creates coaching programs for achieving personal and professional goals, to create two-week coaching modules focusing on SEL-related parenting behaviors that support the well-being of children.

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Advisory Task Force

Steve Arnold

Venture capitalist and co-founder of the George Lucas Education Foundation

Lisa Conquergood

Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of PicMonkey

Mike Harrington

Co-founder of Valve and Chief Technology Officer of Committee for Children

Reed Koch

Retired Microsoft executive

Kristin Moore

Senior Researcher, Child Trends

Jon Reingold

Retired Microsoft executive

Susan Willis

Child and adolescent psychologist

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Making Caring Common, Harvard University
Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop
Sudden Industries

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