"How do you teach peace?" I'm often asked. It first starts with a realization that we are in control of our own destiny, solely responsible for what we say and what we do. We see lights going off when young people realize this and that is when hope starts.
Here at Peace Learning Center we are proud to be winding up our Social Justice and Climate Camps plus our summer enrichment program that served
762 young people from more than
35 camps and programs throughout central Indiana including La Plaza, Coburn Place, Julian Center, Indy Parks, Brightwood, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Teen Works, and many others.
In partnership with
The Desmond Tutu Center in Indianapolis
, Peace Learning Center helped recruit and facilitate a group of nine high school and college students through an educational trip to South Africa that included visits to innovative nonprofits addressing issues of poverty, hunger, education, AIDS, and empowerment while we also had a chance to visit with Bishop Desmond Tutu. These
Indy Desmond Tutu Scholars
are now working on social justice service learning projects as part of their year of service.
School started and we are busy completing professional development for teachers, administrators and our volunteers while starting our in-class social and emotional skills building for preschool through high school students with our professional staff of facilitators.
In partnership with the City of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Public Schools, our
One Indy program
adopted four elementary schools plus Arlington and Arsenal Tech High Schools to have year-around presence in classrooms and implementing restorative justice circles as an alternative to suspensions and other punishment.
Our Community and Family Programs continue to grow. We are hosting students and faculty from Ivy Tech and Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis involved with leadership and scholarship while partnerships with
and Indiana Black Expo expanded family programs into Indianapolis Housing Authority neighborhoods for inter-generational workshops on peace.
How do you teach peace? One person and one moment at a time that help create safe and common ways to deal with ourselves, others and the world around us.
- Tim Nation, Executive Director