FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2015 Contact: Tiffany Tibbot Director of Operations Phone: 765.977.9626 firstname.lastname@example.org Indianapolis-based Peace Learning Center receives $800,000 Lilly Endowment grant Two-year grant will support strategic goals including restorative practices, expanding school programs for parents and teachers and increasing service opportunities for students INDIANAPOLIS, IN– Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Peace Learning Center an $800,000 grant to support its efforts to educate students, teachers, and parents in conflict resolution and social emotional learning skills. PLC’s education programs are designed to improve academic outcomes while reducing school discipline problems. The grant will also support a major partnership with ACT OUT – an interactive theater troupe directed by Claude McNeal Productions – and create more program partnerships with underserved area schools. Peace Learning Center’s approach incorporates communication skills, bullying prevention, diversity appreciation and conflict resolution techniques for students, teachers and as many family members as possible. The goal of Peace Learning Center and Act Out’s program partnership is to improve academic performance and build character through relationship and conflict management education. “Lilly Endowment’s support will enable us to expand proven programs that help youth build conflict resolution and critical thinking skills and deepen their commitment to education,” said Tim Nation, co-founder and executive director of Peace Learning Center. During the next two years, Peace Learning Center will create partnerships with schools that serve students who live in six neighborhoods that are high-priority areas due to high levels of crime
When asked to choose the most innovative and worthy cause in Indianapolis to support, Indianapolis Business Journal's 40 Under 40 chose Peace Learning Center as their top pick! We are a proud recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Central Indiana Community Foundation's $20,000 grant. Check out the article below.
Peace Learning Center's One Indy Project Receives Innovation Grant Award Earlier today, Peace Learning Center was honored to meet the Our City, Our Children committee members from the Indy Star who selected our One Indy project to receive a $25,000 innovation grant award. We are so grateful for their investment in peace education - it will help us change hearts and minds and make a difference in the lives of our city's most vulnerable children. Click here to read the story about the grant award and the One Indy project it will support.
Thanks to a grant from the Rotary Foundation of Indianapolis, students and staff at Indianapolis Public Schools #93, and our fantastic Youth Development program team, we were able to achieve the following fantastic results during this year's Peace School program... 278 students were served during the fall/winter program at George H. Fisher School #93 Evaluation results (Through teacher and student observations) 80% of students served are able to deal with conflict peacefully - even when someone has made them mad and 91% of students reported they learned new skills that have helped them to be more peaceful. 91% of students reported they learned new skills that have made them more empathetic. 95% of students are able to articulate both a sense of purpose about their future and tangible ways that they can get themselves to their goals. The principal told us that last year there were fights “daily” and that “this year there have only been 2.” What have you learned from PLC that is important to your life? (Quotes from students) “The peace group taught me that I’m very smart and that I will succeed in my life. I love you people.” “I learned to stop bullying” (spelled “I lerd to sopt bolen”) “I choose to be calm and peaceful so I can be a better person.” “I learned to breathe when I’m mad.” “I learned to not fight back and handle it in a better way.” “Don’t
Photo of last year's Focus 2020 CAG Awardees with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Tim Nation FOCUS 2020 COMMUNITY ACTION GRANTS We are very excited to announce our 2014 Focus 2020 Community Action Grant recipients! We recently awarded $24,954 in grants to 8 local community activists to support projects designed to create a more welcoming and engaged greater Indianapolis community. 2014 Focus 2020 Community Action Grant Awardees: - David Durica: #bereconciled - $5,000 grant Dialogue will be facilitated within diverse groups, featuring a storytelling presentation teaching reconciliation. Participants will be invited to identify/photograph their "Claim to Change" to contribute to the art installation, a collage. - Michelle Winkelman: Beyond Perceptions: Immigration - $3,805 Youth artists and foreign-born adults will be paired to exchange stories and thoughts on the topic of immigration and will create art based on that exchange. The project will culminate in an exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center. - Stephanie Putt: Children's International Folk Dance Festival - $900 Will provide scholarships to allow Indiana children to learn and perform international folk dances. - Vanessa Gibbs: GGMBC Summer Youth Academy - $1,410 grant In partnership with Indy Parks, will englighten, engage, instruct and transform youth on the aspect of how much bigger communal life is than we are as individuals. - Karen Harper: Indy Sun Circle Initiative - $2,700 grant Will create a weekly circle experience with a group of local participants so each 1)
Do you have an idea about how to help Greater Indy become a more peaceful, welcoming, and engaged community? Need money to make your vision a reality? Click here to visit the Focus 2020 Community Action Grant website and download the application to complete on your computer today! We've extended the application deadline to September 26, 2014 and will allow individuals who have not yet completed all of the Focus 2020 graduation requirements (attending at least 4 workshops - click here to see a list of scheduled workshops) to apply. However, grant funds will only be awarded once all requirements have been met and Focus 2020 workshops will no longer be offered after December 2014. We've scheduled two Community Action Grant information sessions to help answer any questions you might have. (Click on one of the sessions below to register to attend.) Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 12-1 pm at Peace Learning Center Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 5:30-6:30 pm at Peace Learning Center Attending one of these sessions is not required, though, it is highly recommended! We will post Q&A's from these sessions online within 48 hours after each workshop for those who are unable to attend.
Thanks to the Rotary Foundation of Indianapolis' generosity, we have been able to implement a full peace school program model at IPS George Fisher Elementary School #93! This video highlights a few of the program goals and provides an overview of what we have been able to do thanks to their support.
On Thursday, September 5, 12 greater Indianapolis residents were recognized and awarded a combined total of $25,000 in Focus 2020 Community Action Grants by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Peace Learning Center, and members of the Focus 2020 Leadership Council during a ceremony at the Sagamore Institute. The grants were awarded to support new projects designed to further the goals of the Focus 2020 initiative by creating more communication between groups in our community, developing an awareness and appreciation of Indianapolis’ diversity, and helping to achieve a synergy of strengths. “These FOCUS 2020 participants are taking the message of embracing diversity to all corners of our community, to immigrants and veterans, to the hungry, the scared, and the lonely, to the families of the disadvantaged,” said John McShane, Peace Learning Center’s director of community programs, “These individuals are demonstrating that, with just a little help, they have it within themselves to help build a more welcoming and inclusive community.” All of the applicants and awardees demonstrated significant commitment to these goals by attending more than 16 hours of training in diversity appreciation, inclusivity techniques, and communication skills. The grants were made possible by the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF affiliate.