Youth Workers and School Staff

17 05, 2018

Secret of the Troublemakers

If you hang out with children or are lucky enough to live with them, you know that they are phenomenal, magical, and powerful.  They are endless wells of compassion and hope…brilliance and creativity.  But sadly, our educational system can dull that shine and dim that light.  Did you ever

20 03, 2018

Social Justice Leadership Camp

by Clare Wildhack-Nolan, Director of Social Justice Leadership Camp For the past 5 years, March has been the exciting time of year where I begin sharing with the community the opportunity for Indy teens to participate in Social Justice Leadership Camp.  It feels amazing to be able to offer

2 02, 2018

Inside Restorative Practices Training

Participants in Restorative Practices Workshops at Peace Learning Center are asked to dig deep and reflect honestly about how discipline is working (or not working) in their schools or organizations.  One dean comments, "It's a total culture change. Sure, I can keep these kids out for three days, but

17 11, 2017

Inside Implicit Bias Workshops

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

20 10, 2017

Inside our Programs: Simon Youth Academy

Picture this: A group of 15 youth are seated in an open-classroom setting, cell phones are nowhere to be seen, and all the students are fully engaged in the topic being presented by the woman at the front of the room. This is what you'll find each Friday afternoon

21 09, 2017

Confession Time

by Kristina Hulvershorn, Director of Restorative and Humane Programs Confession time.  In all of my work in various school districts and youth-serving environments I am notoriously calm and even-tempered; but, there is one thing I frequently want to exclaim, write across the sky, or maybe get tattooed in a

24 07, 2017

A Fulfilling Summer Experience for an Intern

You may be familiar with the lyrics of a 1985 Whitney Huston song called The Greatest Love of All, “I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside …” I really believe in the

19 06, 2017

Our Newest Staff Member, Maria Ruiz

I am the newest member at PLC as a Youth Development Facilitator Spanish Specialist. I first joined PLC as an intern in September 2016 through April 2017, then officially became a member of the PLC family June 1, 2017. I graduated in May 2017 with my Bachelor of Social

27 03, 2017

Restorative Justice Circles in the Classroom

by Clare Wildhack-Nolan, Youth Development Facilitator I believe that Restorative Justice is a powerful tool as an educator and community member. The process is powerful as well as the solutions created.   I have been doing Restorative Justice Circles with a teacher who has been struggling with behavior issues in

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