Youth Programs

Tribes: Tribes is a process to help educators create positive, caring, and affirming learning environments which improves both behavior and learning. It is an evidence-based program designed to support the healthy development and inclusion of every child.

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.

One IndyOur 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.

Peers Making PeacePeace 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.

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.

Restorative Practices (now offering virtual responsive circles)Restorative Practices offer an innovative way to build healthy school and organizational culture with built-in protocol for handling conflict and wrong-doing. Responsive Circles are a space for individuals to process, reflect, and express their needs around any issue or topic that your group has determined in advance. 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.

be the change: The family-friendly exhibits of be the change, located in the lower level 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.

Economic Justice Program: An authentic curriculum which builds strategic thinking skills and critical analysis of institutional power, in order to make change. The program provides students with a historical framework for economic justice from a perspective of people facing oppression. The Economic Justice Program prepares and motivates youth to develop skills so they are more likely to be economically successful.

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.

Community Programs

Implicit Bias Workshops (now offering virtual 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 (now offering virtual training): 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.

Responsive Circles (now offering virtual): Responsive Circles are a space for individuals to process, reflect, and express their needs around any issue or topic that your group has determined in advance.

Workshops & Retreats (now offering virtual retreats/workshops): Our Facilitators work with organizations and businesses to tailor programming to fit their needs. We offer shorter workshop sessions, as well as retreat style events that include the use of our building in Eagle Creek Park. Topics include but are not limited to: Conflict Styles, Managing Stress, Diversity & Inclusion.

Family Programs

Multi-Family Workshops (now offering virtual 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-workshops 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.

Summer Programs

Peacebuilders Camp (now offering virtual camp packages): 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.

Climate Camp (now offering virtual options – contact Earth Charter Indianapolis): 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!

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.

be the changeThe family-friendly exhibits of be the change, located in the lower level 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.

Summer Fun Family Workshops (now offering virtual 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.

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