Program Directory

Program Directory 2017-09-22T15:39:08+00:00

Youth Programs

be the change: The family-friendly exhibits of be the change, located in the basement of Peace Learning Center, transform facts and figures about our world’s most pressing problems into playful, hands-on activities which help participants make connections between their everyday actions and the impact they have on our planet, animals, and other humans. Self-guided tours or guided tours available.

Field Trips: School year field trips are group sessions that focus on teambuilding and leadership that are outdoors, interactive, creative and provide experiential learning opportunities for full and half days at Peace Learning Center’s Eagle Creek Park location.

One Indy: Our successful One Indy program serves elementary schools with a holistic approach to changing school environments. One Indy Partner schools receive in-class Social-Emotional Learning lessons for Pre-K through 1st grade, Peers Making Peace peer mediation program, implementation of and support for Restorative Practices in all classrooms, 10 hours of professional development on Restorative Practices, field trips for each grade level, and 11 multi-family workshops for parents/guardians of students at the school.

Peace Education Lessons: In-class Peace Education lessons are evidence-based Social-Emotional Learning and character building lessons adapted to developmental needs of students. In Pre-K through 1st grade, our lessons focus on developing Social-Emotional Learning skills. For 2nd through 12th grade, we offer lessons on Mindfulness & Meditation, as well as character building lessons that teach skills in Communication & Conflict Resolution.

Peers Making Peace: Peace Learning Center is the only organization in Indiana certified to train students and staff on this nationally recognized peer mediation program. Through a two-day training, 20-24 students will be trained in the program. We also assist with staff buy-in, marketing, and sustainability of the program.

Professional Development: For teachers and youth workers, we offer professional development on a variety of topics. We emphasize our Implicit Bias and Restorative Practices sessions as “must-haves” for every person who works with youth.

Restorative Practices: Restorative Practices offer an innovative way to build healthy school and organizational culture with built-in protocol for handling conflict and wrong-doing. We offer Circle Keeper training for youth, professional development for teachers and other roles, and help integrate proactive and restorative circles and practices into the fabric of partner organizations.

Summer Programs

be the change: The family-friendly exhibits of be the change, located in the basement of Peace Learning Center, transform facts and figures about our world’s most pressing problems into playful, hands-on activities which help participants make connections between their everyday actions and the impact they have on our planet, animals, and other humans. Self-guided tours or guided tours available.

Climate Camp: Climate Camp is a collaborative effort of Earth Charter Indiana, HEART, and Peace Learning Center focused around youth-led solutions to combat our planet’s climate predicament. We focus on creative and joyful strategies to help youth understand and address climate change. Past members have gone on to lead very successful campaigns and continue to lead the way!

Peacebuilders Camp: Much like our school year field trips, Peacebuilders Camp runs from late May until early August each year. These are group sessions that focus on teambuilding and leadership that are outdoors, interactive, creative and provide experiential learning opportunities for full and half days both at Peace Learning Center’s Eagle Creek Park location and on-site for programs.

Social Justice Leadership Camp: Social Justice Leadership Camp cultivates leadership skills, introduces youth to amazing people, and supports them in developing their power for social justice. A two-week long camp that explores the social justice issues affecting our com­munity today.

Summer Fun Family Workshops: Offered each summer this series of six workshops for families explores individual identities of family members, communication techniques, and strategies for handling conflict. Each session can be attended as a stand-alone workshop as well.

Family Programs

Connect & Communicate: Working with individual families in need, our Family Programs Director meets regularly with multi-generational families to help them learn to communicate with and appreciate one another. Each family works together to create a Family Peace Plan to complete the program.

Multi-Family Workshops: Schools and community centers looking for a way to engage families and parents may invite our Family Programs Director in to complete a series of 11-worksops on conflict, communication, and a variety of other issues facing families today.

Summer Fun Family Workshops: Offered each summer this series of six workshops for families explores individual identities of family members, communication techniques, and strategies for handling conflict. Each session can be attended as a stand-alone workshop as well.

Community Programs

Workshops & Retreats: Our Community Programs Director works with organizations and businesses to tailor programming to fit their needs. We offer shorter workshop sessions, as well as retreat style events that includes the use of our building in Eagle Creek Park. Topics include but are not limited to: Conflict Styles, Managing Stress, Diversity & Inclusion.

Implicit Bias Workshops: Our professional development workshops examine what implicit bias is, how it differs from overt bias, how to recognize our own, and how we move past bias through action; a day of self-exploration and self-reflection in a safe, encouraging space. Offered on an ongoing basis.

Restorative Practices Trainings: We offer two levels of training for Restorative Practices. Level 1 delves deeply into the foundations, framework, research support, and offers and overview of the practices. Practitioners learn affective statements, restorative language, proactive practices, and restorative chats. Level 2 offers a more technical training into how to lead restorative conferences and implementation troubleshooting. Offered on an ongoing basis.