19 06, 2017

Our Newest Staff Member, Maria Ruiz

2021-05-20T17:41:44-04:00June 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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 Work and was excited to start my career somewhere where I already knew their mission firsthand and somewhere where I felt welcomed. During my time as an intern, I was able to get the best of both worlds by engaging with students in schools doing proactive circles and facilitating field trips at PLC. One field trip that stands out to me out of the many I facilitated was a Peace Mentor’s Day. On these days PLC has volunteers come out and facilitate field trips while PLC’s facilitators are there for support. On this day one student was afraid to go downstairs to the lower level to the Be the Change museum. I spoke to him and was able to have him sit by me for that session. Little did I know that he was gravitated to me and stood by my side for the rest of the sessions. That example made me realize that a small thing to one can be something huge to another. In this instance, the kindergarten student was afraid to go somewhere, but then faced his fear with a little help from me and then stayed with

17 06, 2015

40 Lessons and Activities on Animal Related Issues

2021-05-20T17:42:15-04:00June 17th, 2015|Tags: , |

Our newest addition to Peace Learning Center is "be the change" which includes 30 permanent, interactive exhibits designed to build empathy and compassion by showing people how small changes they make in their daily lives can make a big difference for our planet and in our world. The exhibits are free (with admission to Eagle Creek Park) and open to the public every M-F from 9 am – 4 pm. "be the change" was created in collaboration with our partners at HEART which has a mission to foster compassion and respect for all living beings and the environment by educating youth and teachers in Humane Education. HEART recently created a great resource guide that contains lessons for students in grades K – 12 (each lesson is aligned to the Common Core Standards) and activities that can be conducted both in school settings as well as more nontraditional out-of-school venues like community centers, libraries or camps. It’s no secret that kids love animals. Click here to view the resource guide and start engaging their hearts and minds with these age appropriate lessons and activities that cover issues like companion animal homelessness, puppy mills, factory farming, habitat destruction, endangered species and so much more. Then, click here to learn more about "be the change" including how you can donate to our campaign to help create a more humane world!

23 04, 2015

POP Humane Education Workshop

2021-05-20T17:42:19-04:00April 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

What: Join member's of POP, PLC's young professionals group, for a special workshop featuring "be the change" - a new interactive exhibit series designed to teach people of all ages about how small changes they make in their own lives can make a big difference for our planet and our world. $5 suggested donation.   When: Tuesday, May 12, 6-7:30 pm   Where: Peace Learning Center, 6040 Delong Road, Indianapolis, IN - Eagle Creek Park Register to join them: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eavyg8r7e0d8ee2f&oseq=&c=&ch= What is POP? POP (People of Peace) is Peace Learning Center's young professional's group that empowers its members to build bridges within central Indianapolis by increasing community awareness through the impact of service. Please contact jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org to learn how you can join POP.

18 03, 2015

be the change Sneak Peek

2021-05-20T17:42:23-04:00March 18th, 2015|Tags: , , |

[SlideDeck2 id=3327]   At Peace Learning Center, we think of peace as a series of concentric circles starting with self, others, and then rippling out to the community.  If we are to truly have a peaceful community (both global and local), we must not only take fellow humans into account but also the environment and the creatures who share our environment with us. To that end, we work hard to encourage participants in our programs to consider the world beyond themselves—which is no easy endeavor.  Let’s face it, although compelling, the facts and figures about our world’s most pressing problems cause most of us to glaze over. To address this challenge, we have created an interactive exhibit at Peace Learning Center called “be the change.”  “be the change” will give participants an inviting space to learn meaningful ways that they can use their own lives to help other humans, animals, and our environment. In the true spirit of Ghandi’s notion, “be the change you wish to see in the world” we have used repurposed, reused, and sustainable materials to create a series of thoughtful and interactive exhibits for both youth and adults. Have you ever wondered how much a pound of CO2 really is?  Come check out our CO2 display! What about the impact of your dinner on pollution or water use?  We’ve got that, too! Finding ways to convey wonky, often depressing data and statistics in playful and hands-on

23 02, 2015

be the change Grand Opening!

2021-05-20T17:42:25-04:00February 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , |

We hope you can join us on April 18, 2015 for our official grand opening of be the change during an Open House on Saturday, April 18 from 10 am – 2 pm  with tours starting at 11 am and 1 pm. Registration is not required, but those who register to attend will be sent a gate pass for Eagle Creek Park and will not be required to pay the $5 gate entry fee. Click here to register to attend! What is be the change? Click here to learn more! Click on the following link to download a copy of our event flyer: be the change grand opening flyer

14 11, 2014

Floor Make-over

2017-05-26T10:17:17-04:00November 14th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Our be the change exhibit area is nearly finished and it's looking amazing thanks to hard work from many dedicated people! It's went from a wet, gross, and unusable basement area to a cool, modern place that inspires everyone to learn how they can make the planet a better place for all of us by making small changes in their daily lives. Check-out our most recent floor make-over which was made possible by eco-friendly paint donated by Ecos Paint and the hard work of many volunteers: [SlideDeck2 id=2794]

29 08, 2014


2021-05-20T17:42:44-04:00August 29th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Did you know that the fumes given off by many paints are linked to asthma, allergies, cancer and a handful of environmental issues? Thankfully there are companies like Ecos Paints who have created quality products, while still being committed to their customers health and the environment! What's even cooler?! They have donated the supplies for us to finish the floor in "be the change"!!! Pictures of the amazing floor transformation will be posted soon! Learn more about this awesome company here: www.ecospaints.net

17 06, 2014

be the change meditation piece

2021-05-20T17:42:51-04:00June 17th, 2014|Tags: , |

What does a better world look like to you? We want to know. Local artist Bre Domscik is creating… A large [re]Purposed Mixed Media Meditation Piece …using neglected materials along with written contemplations upon the topic individuals want to be the change they wish to see in the world contributed by PLC community members and all willing contributors! Click here to learn more about this meditation piece and contribute the changes you wish to see in this world. Whether you consider yourself to be an idea generator, activist, designer, scientist, volunteer, artist, artisan, engineer, or inspired individual, we need YOU to become part of be the change.

2 12, 2013

be the change: framework progress.

2021-05-20T17:43:04-04:00December 2nd, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Mosaic tile project in progress. We have two powerhouse volunteers who come weekly to help with be the change. Samantha and Leslie have been a huge help in making the floor look beautiful. After scrubbing it clean, priming and giving it two coats of a deep charcoal grey color, it transforms the room from a dusty old basement to a lovely spacious room. We are excited to look ahead at the possibility of a talented muralist creating a path along the floor to help guide people through exhibits of be the change. Without owning a truck, trailer, or semi I am amazed how we have collected over 3 dozen wooden pallets. We still have a long way to go and are always looking for volunteers to donate some time and energy towards helping create wall paneling out of wooden pallets.  If you have access to wooden pallets and would like to drop some here at Peace Learning Center reach out to me lbutler@peacelearningcenter.org It especially helps when the wooden pallets are already disassembled. Here are some the boards resting on our fresh floor. Last week on the day after Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of working with two IUPUI students who are passionate about making a change. They were very handy with removing nails from a recent delivery of wooden pallets. I am grateful for their background in carpentry! Lastly, I am excited to post about

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