17 11, 2017

Inside Implicit Bias Workshops

2021-05-20T17:41:40-04:00November 17th, 2017|Tags: , , |

by Natalie Spriggs, Youth Programs Director Lately, “implicit bias” is a buzz term that has popped up in articles and social media. Most folks know what bias is, but implicit biases are those biases that are hidden; one may not necessarily be aware of. Peace Learning Center has taken on tackling the issues around implicit bias. We have created a 4-Hour long workshop that helps people look inside themselves, figuring out what implicit biases one may have as well as analyzing gatekeepers and how this affects the daily work folks do. Peace Learning Center has led many of these implicit bias workshops with all sorts of people. Of course when something is hidden finding it can always be a challenge. Homework is given before these workshops: the Harvard implicit bias surveys. There are several different ways to uncover implicit bias. This is just one of the ways used to help folks see where some of their implicit bias may lie. It is interesting to me the different reactions people have with the implicit bias test. Most all of the reactions people may experience are perfectly normal; reactions range from disbelief, refusal of taking the test, questioning of the validity of the test, and many other reactions. Others have a great understanding before they take this test, have done some work themselves around implicit bias, and understand everyone has implicit bias. Again all of these reactions are perfectly normal; just stages

17 10, 2017

Guest Column: Passion Yoga School

2021-05-20T17:41:42-04:00October 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Yoga Alliance Registered 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training coming to Peace Learning Center We are excited to officially announce our new Indianapolis + Costa Rica 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training coming up for the summer 2018! Our program is a dynamic fusion of traditional yogic wisdom, creative harmonizing posture sequencing, top-notch business support and development training, deep spiritual searching, and training in self-love and acceptance. We wanted a safe space to express our wild, deepen our yogic study, challenge our capacity for freedom, and develop lasting loving friendships. So, we created it. The program will feature 5 weekends of training in Indianapolis at The Peace Learning Center starting on July 27th. Once done with the Indianapolis weekends, you will come to join us in the beautiful jungle of Costa Rica, Caribbean coast, for a 10-day Immersion, all-inclusive, at our permaculture center in Puerto Viejo. Passion Yoga School uncovers the alchemy of pristine technical training and deep supported spiritual inquiry. Akhanda Shakti is an integrative fusion rooted in tradition. It is the blend of two approaches. We are dedicated to the traditional ancient teachings of lineage. We also commit to a re-wilding; to the liberation of the divine feminine. Our Method is the marriage of solid anatomical training and the heart of spiritual evolution. Our mission is EMPOWERMENT for our students. We lay the foundation of sequencing energetics, educate you on the principles of

5 12, 2016

A TED Talk Inspired Spiritual Talk Series WALK THE TALK: COMPASSION

2021-05-20T17:41:48-04:00December 5th, 2016|Tags: , |

The Vogue | Wednesday, December 14, 2016 INDIANAPOLIS - Walk the Talk: Compassion continues the innovative TED Talk inspired Spiritual Talk series, and will showcase six speakers discussing and sharing personal stories about compassion. The event will also feature live music, confetti, interactive activities and a Motivational Balloon drop, making it an over-the-top show unlike any other speaker series! Walk the Talk: Compassion will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.) at The Vogue in Broad Ripple (6259 N. College Avenue). Tickets are on sale now ($15, plus applicable fees) at the Vogue Box Office, TheVogue.com, and Ticketfly.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event. The six speakers of Walk the Talk: Compassion will inspire, motivate and awaken the mind with messages of how compassion has affected their lives by answering the question: What does compassion mean to you? Speakers will include: Jessica Froelich - Jessica Froelich is on a mission to make the world a more peaceful, loving place, and as a love warrior, has made a lifelong commitment to deepening her connection to the power of unconditional love. A storyteller at heart, she has always enjoyed performance arts and acting on stage and in film. Her authentic, open expression of emotions provides others with a raw, un-edited reminder of the beauty in our human nature, and through the lens of compassion, she will

19 05, 2016

Koinonia Project – Phase 2

2021-05-20T17:41:58-04:00May 19th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Around this time last year, Peace Learning Center's Youth Development Facilitator, Melita Carter, embarked on a dream to help reinvigorate the East Side through a service project that would bring youth, public servants, and the community as a whole together. This project, aptly named Koinonia, meaning to propel the community forward, has been accomplished so much in the past year. She hoped that it would create a sense of ownership for her community to compel them to care for their neighbors and the world we live in. Phase 1 of the Koinonia Project involved a three-day clean-up of the East Side. Volunteers collected over 500 bags of trash in their quest to clean up the streets! Phase 2 of Koinonia is now underway and involves having local artists paint six traffic boxes across the East Side. The first of these traffic boxes has now been completed. The box is located on the corner of 38th and Mitthoeffer in front of John Marshall High School, one of Peace Learning Center's partner schools. The first box artwork was designed and done by N. Beth Line. "This box will provoke through conversations, joy, love, peace, community building," Melita Carter. The artist, N. Beth Line, said she's received nothing but good feedback and people yelling from their cars "good job!" "that's beautiful!" and "thank you!" "My thoughts at the beginning of this project were that I am tired of

5 04, 2016

200 teens to attend summit on youth empowerment

2017-05-25T16:07:43-04:00April 5th, 2016|Tags: , |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2016 Contact: Tiffany Tibbot Director of Operations Phone: 765.977.9626 ttibbot@peacelearningcenter.org  200 Teens to Attend Summit on Youth Empowerment Local educational non-profit Peace Learning Center to host free event s to empower teenagers. Event:             Beyond You: Finding Your Passion Within Date/Time:      Wednesday, April 27, 9 am – 2 pm Location:        The Athenaeum 407 E. Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 Social media:  #BEyondYOU INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Peace Learning Center (PLC), with support from the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, will host Beyond You: Finding Your Passion Within on Wednesday, April 27th from 9 am to 2 pm in downtown Indianapolis at the Athenaeum. During this teen summit, PLC and other youth-serving organizations will celebrate and share youth voice through interactive and dialogue based workshops to unite and empower youth to find their passion to drive change in their community. The event, which includes breakfast and lunch, is free for Indiana youth ages 13-19 years old and their adult chaperones. Groups transporting youth to the event may request a transportation scholarship. Limited seats are available and registration is required. To register and learn more visit https://conta.cc/1RY3FMr. "This event is designed to align with Peace Learning Center’s unique approach to bullying prevention which empowers youth to find their passion and to use their voices and talents to impact their community for the greater good," said Jay Horan, Director of Engagement at PLC.

6 11, 2015

2016 Power of Peace Award

2021-05-20T17:42:03-04:00November 6th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Derrin Slack - founder of ProAct Community Partnerships and 2015 Power of Peace award winner Click here to nominate a local peacemaker for the 2016 Power of Peace Award! Do you know someone who does extraordinary work to further peace and justice in your neighborhood, family, business or community?  Nominate them today to win the Power of Peace Award - an annual award to recognize a local leader or group which has demonstrated peacemaking in action within the central Indiana community. Past awardees include the Latino Youth Collective, Tarik Glenn, Rupert Boneham, Retired Air Force Brig. Gen.  J. Stewart Goodwin, and the Efroymson Family. To submit your nominee, please click here to complete the short questionnaire and submit it no later than Tuesday, December 8, 2015. The Power of Peace Award will be presented at Peace Learning Center's 18th Annual Martin Luther King Community Festival #2016MLKIndy on Saturday, January 18 from 11am to 3pm at Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd Street in Indianapolis. For more information to visit the MLK Community Festival page.

23 09, 2015

Desmond Tutu Youth Fellows

2021-05-20T17:42:07-04:00September 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

What is the Desmond Tutu Youth Fellows Program? At the heart of the Desmond Tutu Center is a simple, bold idea: to identify, train, sustain, and connect the next generation of emerging young leaders struggling for social justice and reconciliation around the world and right here in Indiana. In 2013, the Desmond Tutu Center received a gift from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, allowing the Center to launch its Youth Fellows Initiative, an empowerment program for young emerging leaders from Central Indiana and South Africa. The Youth Fellows initiative is designed to support youth who want to change and challenge existing norms that prevent their community from achieving equality. In collaboration with Indianapolis-based Peace Learning Center, Central Indiana youth, ages 16-21, will be selected based on their passion for social justice and desire to implement a project that will uplift their community. Youth Fellows from Central Indiana will travel to South Africa on an educational tour led by DTC Executive Director, Allan Boesak, close colleague and friend of Desmond Tutu. The two-week trip will take place during the last two weeks of July with expenses including passport fees, airfare, accommodations, and meals covered by the Desmond Tutu Center. On this study trip, the Youth Fellows will be paired with an organization related to their social justice focus area. They will live with a South African family, see the country and struggles of the Apartheid, and seek out key South African

21 09, 2015

Mindful Yoga

2021-05-20T17:42:08-04:00September 21st, 2015|Tags: , , |

MINDFUL YOGA Join us, and volunteer instructor Kimberly Demaree, for one or more of the scheduled yoga sessions. WHEN? Click on the date(s) below to register for each session you plan to attend: Mondays: October 5, October 19, and October 26 at 6 pm Tuesdays: October 13 at 6 pm Saturdays: October 17 and October 31 at 9 am Sundays: October 11 and October 25 at 11 am WHERE? At Peace Learning Center - Inside Eagle Creek Park 6040 Delong Rd, Indianapolis MORE DETAILS: Bring your own mat. Instructor: Kimberly Demaree Suggested $10.00 donation, proceeds benefit Peace Learning Center. Registration is required to receive a park pass.  

2 07, 2015

Parenting Thru Peace

2021-05-20T17:42:14-04:00July 2nd, 2015|Tags: , , |

  PARENTING THROUGH PEACE (Part 3) - ADHD When a child has ADHD, parents often find it difficult to create and sustain a peaceful household. Armed with knowledge and a sense of humor, Tamara Castleman, M.Ed., will help you see ADHD in a positive light and provide tips on maintaining a peaceful home environment in the face of a challenging neurological condition. This workshop is designed to give parents and caregivers a deepened understanding of ADHD along with strategies for making the most of your child’s strengths. When: Sunday, Nov. 15, 2-5 pm Where: Peace Learning Center More Details: Childcare is available for children 5-12 years old. This workshop is free and open to the public. However, registration is required. Click here to register to attend.  Park passes will be provided to registrants. Making it through Middle School in One Peace is presented by Tamara Castleman, a PLC guest volunteer facilitator Tamara Castleman is a parent, educator, and artist who is passionate about helping families co-exist peacefully, in a way that empowers each family member to meet his or her highest potential. Tamara has a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Montessori Integrated Learning from Endicott College. She is also certified as a Montessori teacher for children 6-12 years old by the Institute for Educational Studies (TIES).

29 05, 2015

Artists Sought for Traffic Boxes!

2021-05-20T17:42:16-04:00May 29th, 2015|Tags: |

Peace Learning Center Seeks Artists for Traffic Signal Boxes Date Posted: 05/12/15 Deadline date: 06/15/15 Organization: The Peace Learning Center of Indianapolis City: Indianapolis, IN Description: Peace Learning Center:  The Koinonia Project Request for Proposals (RFP) Project Title - Traffic Signal Control Box Art for the Far Eastside (2 locations) Deadline for Submissions: June 15, 2015.  This is NOT a postmark deadline.  No exceptions. Eligibility Requirements To qualify, artists must: Live in the United States of America (preference will be given to professional artists living in one of the following Central Indiana counties:  Madison, Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby) Be age 18 or over Be proficient in painting Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to a strict budget and timeline Program Specifics The Peace Learning Center of Indianapolis (PLC) educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. We work directly with schools, community nonprofits, businesses, juvenile correctional facilities, and faith groups to facilitate peace education sessions. Each of our sessions is designed to teach safe and simple ways to manage anger, solve problems, and develop appreciation for differing perspectives. Our vision is to build a community of peace where respect is primary and justice is real. The Koinonia Project is an effort to find common unity and sharing in service by beautifying and revitalizing the Far Eastside of Indianapolis.  This project is organized as a service learning opportunity for PLC’s Peace Crew students and others in the community.  The project began with cleanup days on March 24-26, 2015

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