Brackets for Good



Peace Learning Center is excited to be 1 of 64 nonprofits chosen from 281 to take part in the 2016 Brackets for Good in Indianapolis! Last night we were so excited to be at the pep rally that was sponsored by Celadon.

Brackets for Good allows nonprofit organizations to compete in a March Madness style bracket competition to out fundraise their opponents.If you are interested in learning more about Brackets for Good, visit their website here.

The first round begins on Friday, February 26th.

Tip off is at 8:00 p.m. and the competition begins!

Round 1:


The ball is in our court until 7:59:59 p.m. on Friday, March 4th when the first round closes.

We need YOU on our team! How can you be a part of Team PLC during the Brackets for Good challenge?

1. Score Peace Learning Center points by donating directly through the Brackets for Good website. You can set up a profile through their website that will allow you to easily donate when the clock is running down. This is an absolutely secure website so no concerns about your credit card information being stolen. Remember, the only way we move on is to win the bracket and only donations through the official website count! For every dollar given, Team PLC scores!

1 point = $1 

2. Sink those buzzer beaters! When you go to donate directly through the Brackets for Good website you will be given the option to make your donation a “buzzer beater.” These shots, like in basketball, can make or break a game. When you choose to make your donation a buzzer beater it doubles or triples your donation in the last few seconds before the round ends. Will you be our clutch player?

3. Share your support for Peace Learning Center on social media. Find us on our Facebook page, Peace Learning Center, our Instagram: @peacelearning and our Twitter: @peacelearning. Don’t forget to use the following hashtags: #BFGIndy #IamPLC #PLCSquadGoals 

Thank you so much for being a part of Team PLC as we head in to the tournament. Be sure to check our social media regularly for updates on how we’re doing in the competition. Live play-by-plays will be available through twitter when the tournament begins.




#GivingTuesday #PeacePals #UNSelfie

Get your #PeacePals to join you for #GivingTuesday to support Peace Learning Center!

You’ve probably heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of the BEST Thanksgiving spending tradition…#GivingTuesday?  It’s a global movement that unites the world for good.

Every dollar donated through our #GivingTuesday campaign helps us bring more life-changing peace education to children, youth, and families in Greater Indianapolis. Share your best #UNSelfie with your #PeacePals and encourage others to give while having some fun!

With your help, we’ll be able to raise $5,000 between Dec. 1 – Dec. 7 which means we can provide comprehensive peace education for 25 more children next year. 

How can you help?

  1. Click here to donate today – Anything you can give matters!
  2. Create your own fundraising goal and campaign by clicking here.
  3. Then, spread the word on social media, through email, or at the office to ask your #PeacePals to join you in making a difference this holiday season.

Here are a few messages you can use to spread the word:

  • Join me and my #PeacePals by donating to my #GivingTuesday campaign to support Peace Learning Center!
  • Take your own #UnSelfie today with your #PeacePals after you donate to my #GivingTuesday campaign to support more peace in Indy!
  • #PeacePals make the world a better place! @Peacelearning #UnSelfie #GivingTuesday

Thank you for being a person who values peace and diversity. At times like these, our world can definitely use more people like you!

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Grant



Indianapolis, IN – November 19, 2015 – Peace Learning Center has received a grant totaling $125,000 over two years from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to support its One Indy initiative at Indianapolis elementary schools serving students who live in high crime neighborhoods.

One Indy is designed in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to serve students, parents, and teachers at schools in six focus neighborhoods. These neighborhoods were identified by the Public Safety Dept. as areas in Indianapolis with the highest incidents of crime, code violations and city interventions.

Children who live in Indy’s six focus neighborhoods are six times more likely to be victims of crime than children who live in any other neighborhood in our city. Studies show the resulting psychological stresses caused by this increased exposure to violence can lead to academic difficulties, disruptive behaviors, and lifelong challenges which perpetuate cycles of poverty and violence.

The three-year initiative will be implemented at four IPS schools this year: Schools 51 (Near Northside), 58 (Eastside), 39 (South Eastside), and 15 (Near Eastside). Peace Learning Center plans to expand the initiative to additional schools in the focus areas in following years based on the success of this year’s programs.

The biggest focus of the program will be on the youngest students, those in kindergarten and first grade, due to research which indicates prevention is better than intervention and, the earlier it happens, the more effective it is. Students, staff and families will participate in classroom training, assemblies, professional development and workshops, and older students will be selected for peer mediator teams.

“This is our city, these are our children. We’re calling this project One Indy because it means we care about each other and we are working together to create a better future for all children in our community,” said Tim Nation, Peace Learning Center’s executive director and co-founder.

The goals of the initiative are to reinforce schools as welcoming places; improve student behavior to increase academic performance; increase youth protective factors by teaching social-emotional learning skills such as self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, and maintaining healthy relationships; and enhance positive connections between teachers, parents, law enforcement, and the community.

During her career, Nina Mason Pulliam shared her financial success and business leadership skills with many charities. She was particularly sensitive to human needs, animal welfare and environmental issues. “She had a keen awareness of challenges that face our community and would take great pride in the outstanding work being done by organizations like Peace Learning Center,” said Carol Schilling, Trustee chairman. “Through her Trust, we continue to build on her legacy which clearly reflects her heart for philanthropy.”

The grant to Peace Learning Center represents one of 27 awarded to nonprofit organizations in Indiana by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust during the second of two grant cycles this year. Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $252 million to nonprofit organizations in Indiana and Arizona.

As of September 30, 2015, the Trust had assets of approximately $364 million. Visit


Grateful for our October 2015 Donors!

Please help us thank some of our donors this past month who are helping make peace possible!
Business/Organization Donations:
  • Northview Church of the Brethren
  • Citizen’s Energy Group
  • Maurer Family Foundation, Inc. – Mickey’s Camp
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust – $125,000 2 year grant for One Indy Initiative
  • Day of Service – MLK Festival volunteers
  • Teresa Baker, PLC Board Member
  • John and Janie Westermeier, Monthly Sustaining Donors
  • Jill Chappell
  • Michael Saahir
  • Mark and Orleanais Minch
  • A.G. and P.J. Vermission
  • Angela and Michael Atkins
If you’d like to join them in supporting peace education, please click here to donate now! 

Indy Bar Foundation



We are  very excited about the impact we’ll be able to have in schools this year, thanks to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation! PLC was recently awarded a $35,000 Impact Fund grant to implement two restorative practices as effective alternatives to suspensions and expulsions at IPS elementary schools in the city’s high crime areas. 
With their support, we will train peer mediators utilizing Peers Making Peace, a nationally recognized evidence-based program, and implement restorative justice circles at our One Indy elementary school partners.
All PLC programs teach conflict resolution, communication, and healthy relationship skills (i.e. Social-Emotional Learning skills) to students, but this approach is different because it will combine our preventative programming with two other restorative practices that will impact overall school culture. 
1. Peers Making Peace peer mediators help resolve conflicts between students before they become rule violations (e.g. a student is upset that another student didn’t invite him/her to play a game at recess).
2. Restorative justice circles involve a student who violated a rule, other parties who were impacted by this rule violation (e.g. a classroom teacher, school administrative, and parents), people who can help provide resources to ensure the student has support to not violate rules in the future (e.g. social workers, etc.), a trained circle keeper (a PLC facilitator), and, when appropriate, the student’s peers. 
The goal of the restorative justice circle process is to provide a safe space for the people harmed and the person responsible for the harm to promote dialogue, repair the harm done through accountability, and build a stronger sense of community. Our goal is to help schools utilize this process instead of suspensions and expulsions.  
The U.S. Department of Education reports, “…being suspended even once in 9th grade is associated with a twofold increase in the likelihood of dropping out.” Restorative practices have been proven to improve school environments and enhance learning by reducing disruptive behaviors and the need for exclusionary discipline which decreases classroom learning time for many students who need it the most. 
All of this is well aligned with our mission and what we’ve always done, but it takes our work to the next level to ensure we are able to have a bigger impact for the schools and communities we serve. It just makes sense.We look forward to sharing stories about the success of our restorative practices work with you in the future! 

Interested in learning how restorative practices can make your school an even better place to learn? Contact Kristina Hulvershorn, director of youth programs, at 317-327-7144 or by email at

September 2015 – Donors

Please help us thank some of our donors this past month who are helping make peace possible!
Students from IPS #51 thank the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation for their generosity!
  • Teresa Baker – PLC Board Member
  • Rosemary Spalding
  • James and Linda Trippi
  • Fidelity Designated – Anonymous
  • United Way Designated – Anonymous
  • Cynthia Brown
  • Dave and Diana Stratman/Ensign
  • John and Janie Westermeier
  • Peggy Meyer – PLC Board Member
  • State Employees Community Campaign – Anonymous
  • Charlotte Lemieux
  • Michael and Kimberly Cline
  • William and Rosemary Krieble
  • Gail Thomas Strong and Anthony Strong
  • Jane Zobel
  • Matt Hayes
  • Erin Johns
  • Rebecca Toney
  • Charlotte Lemieux
  • Vanessa Mize
  • Jesse Kharbanda 
Business/Organization Donations:
If you’d like to join them in supporting peace education, please click here to donate now! 

IBJ’s 40 Under 40 Top Choice


When asked to choose the most innovative and worthy cause in Indianapolis to support, Indianapolis Business Journal​’s 40 Under 40 chose Peace Learning Center as their top pick!

We are a proud recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Central Indiana Community Foundation​’s $20,000 grant.

Check out the article below.


Samerian Foundation Grant


One Indy

Peace Learning Center is pleased to announce a $175,000 five year grant from the Samerian Foundation to support its One Indy initiative to provide extensive peace education training at schools located in the six Indianapolis neighborhoods which have been identified as those with the highest incidents of crime and code violations.

Many thanks to the Simon-Skjodt family for their ongoing support and investment in peace education!