Meet Ramisa Reza! Ramisa is our Special Events and Fundraising Intern for the summer. She is a rising Junior at Purdue University majoring in Public Relations & Strategic Communication, as well as Global Studies. What brought you to Peace Learning Center? I aspire to a career in the non-profit sector! While my current studies are focused on global issues, I was determined to take this summer to become active in my local community. When researching Indianapolis based non-profits, Peace Learning Center was perhaps the most dynamic organization I found. Additionally, it boasted a cause that I care about, as I was actually in the midst of an awesome Peace Studies class! I was eager to put my education into use and after having the chance to speak to Jay Horan and Tiffany Talbert, I felt this opportunity would be a valuable first step into my dream field. What is a cause you’re passionate about and how does it relate to PLC? My interests lie particularly in Human Rights. Being a first-generation American, I have always been hyper-aware of the privileges I have had in my life when compared to the life I could have lived in a developing nation. The rights and freedoms we hold, from freedom of expression to the right to an education, are not as common around the world as we may think. And while cultural relativity cannot be overlooked, I do believe we, as a world, can offer better. As such, I would argue that it is at the intersection of Human Rights and
Meet Sara Hafyane! Sara is one of our Youth Program Interns for the summer. She is going into her fourth year at IUPUI. She is studying Environmental Policy and Sustainable Management with a minor in Geography. What brought you to the Peace Learning Center? I've always been interested in the place whenever I'd hike by from its name because it sounded interesting. As I did more research I saw their mission statement and what they do and wanted to work with them. They posted that they were looking for an intern on social media and that was how I got into contact with them. What is a cause you’re passionate about and how does it relate to PLC? I am very passionate about the environment. From a young age I spent most of my time in parks and I feel at home when I'm in nature. I really like the placement of PLC and how it is in the middle of the biggest city park in Indiana. When people, especially kids, come out to PLC they can get a chance to truly connect with nature and they'll understand why we all have to take care of it. The PLC has a summer camp partnered with Earth Charter Indiana that has a focus on Climate Change and combatting it locally which I think is amazing. What are you hoping to get out of this summer/your internship? I hope to gain
Hello everybody! I am Samantha Clark and am one of the interns at Peace Learning Center this summer. I am currently a sophomore at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis studying social work and would like to continue on to get my master’s in the same field. My goal is to become a school counselor. I have always loved working with youth and learning more ways to help teach, guide, and support them as they grow. Children are our future and I want to do my part to help it be a bright one! I actually started my internship in late April because I also work as a nanny in the summer and I wanted to get as much experience as possible while I could. I am very grateful to Peace Learning Center for allowing me to work with all the amazing people there, and to all the wonderful children I have met along the way. I have never worked so closely with a nonprofit organization before and it is honestly eye-opening and amazing to see what it takes to make this organization work. I have even thought about minoring in philanthropy or nonprofit as a result of the experience I’ve had there. My experience here at PLC has been more than amazing so far. It has been awesome working with and learning from the people at Peace Learning Center. Popular Education is a big thing we focus on
Hello everyone. My name is Helmi Khosyi and I am one of two communications interns for the summer. I am currently a senior at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) studying psychology. I have a strong interest in nonprofit work. My interest stems from my family who has always emphasized putting the community first. I believe in the idea of a collectivistic community and Peace Learning Center encapsulate this idea by teaching young students to professionals about conflict resolution techniques, teaching effective communication skills and many other programs that are offered to the community. I learned about Peace Learning Center (PLC) during a Nonprofit Expo at IUPUI. I was with my friend and we came across the PLC table when we first walked in. We talked with Jay (Director of Engagement) and Tiffany (Director of Operations) who taught us that interning at PLC would be time spent working with kids at Eagle Creek. Personally, I was looking for an internship that I wanted to better the community and work with a diverse group of people. After learning more about PLC, the same day I chatted with Jay and Tiffany, I sent in my resume and thankfully received the light of day to come intern here. During my time here I look forward to helping make a change and learn more about the ins-and-outs of nonprofit work. I anticipate this summer to be exciting and eventful. Peace Learning Center
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 message of this song. To make the biggest change on our world, it starts with our children. Because of this belief (and even as a grown woman), I decided to go back to school and become a school teacher. I learned about Peace Learning Center through a program called The Journey Fellowship. As a Journey Fellow Student, I needed to work as an intern at any location of my choosing that was somehow connected to youth work. When I heard about Peace Learning Center and all that it had to offer to our communities, I applied immediately! It seemed too good to be true. A place that values children as not only part of the community but also as leaders in our community! This not only aligned with how I view the world and children, but it validated that we are in sync with something bigger. Through my summer here I not only received amazing Professional Development trainings, the opportunity to participate in community events, connections with other amazing forward thinking youth focused organizations, but I have received much more in watching the youth of our community grow to understand
Birthdays are the one day a year when it is socially acceptable to celebrate yourself. I think this is a good thing because some people probably need limits, however, I also think we each need to credit ourselves a little more. I think we deserve more than one day a year to say, "I am actually pretty great." It's not being self-obsessed or narcissistic, it's acknowledging the single fact: you are a wonderful human being, and you deserve so many good things. Everyone is busy in day to day life, but almost everyone, one day a year, will allow others to treat them, allow themselves a pat on the back, and really appreciate themselves. We need to do this more often. Don't let yourself become full of hot air by any means, but really appreciate yourself. Look at you! Do you realize how much you have accomplished? Do you realize there is nobody out there like you? There is nobody with your gusto, your heart, or your mind. That alone is something to celebrate. Don't compare your accomplishments to the next guy's either. His little victories are different than yours. You don't even need anyone else to think what you choose to celebrate over is big deal; if it matters to you, congratulations to you! Life is busy, someone will always be worse than you, and someone will always be better than you. Pay no mind, and celebrate yourself.
I'm a college student. And it's weird. Weird might not even be the right word. It is sincerely overwhelming. In 2016, everyone knows just about everything, or are aware of it. Same gender love is alive and well, it's considered common knowledge to address someone by the gender he/she identify with, and cultures from all over the world are being embraced. It's a beautiful time to be alive. In the midst of it all, it's almost easier to get lost. There's hurt and pain while there's celebration and happiness. There's anger and forgiveness. There's pressure to know who you are. There's pressure to be open-minded and adventurous. There's pressure to be on a track for your life and know what you're going to do forever. It's a lot to take in, a lot to decide, and even more to discover. Everyone says you find yourself in your twenties, yet it's also the time people want straight answers as to what you want to do with your life. With the pressure, I think it so important to remember the journey makes the destination worth it. Your journey is what builds your life with experiences and memories, it's what makes you excited to return somewhere or inspired for your future. It's not that I don't care about giving people answers, but I always try to remember it's okay if I don't have my future entirely planned. It's okay if one month I want
Recently my lovely, kind-hearted boss married the love of her life. Even more recently, I looked at the pictures from the celebration of love. Sitting in my lecture at 9am, I am entirely caught up in the photos of the brides. I am in awe of their beauty and I am in awe of their love for one another. It's evident. Never mind the wedding dresses, the wedding rings, the wedding bouquets, never mind all of the obvious, and look. The way they look at each other, the chemistry between the two of them as they hug each other. It is sincerely something of a dream. I have been told I am very expressive. My fifth grade teacher told my parents to help me control my facial expressions because my feelings are often on my face. I am a transparent person in all the right ways, you know? One of my friends and I matched yesterday, and we took a bunch of pictures and she captioned it, "I need to find someone that looks at me the way Ari looks at me when we match." I told my boss I hope I find someone that looks at me the way she and her new wife look at each other. I know it's a beautiful experience to see people out and see them so shamelessly involved in one another. My friends have captured numerous pictures of me looking at them, and it's
Think of the last time you communicated with someone. What do you think of? A conversation with words, a phone call, or text? Communicating can be anything from a greeting to a wave, to simply listening. The tone of your voice can say more than your words. When solving a conflict, it's important to keep your tone and your words kind. Conflicts can easily be frustrating, but the way one goes about it can determine the outcome. When discussing a problem, focus on the end goal. What can be done to get there? It is not about blaming one party or the other. It is about coming to a resolution. Listening is such a vital part of communication. It's often forgotten about amidst the words in conversation. When you listen, you are receiving information. When you listen, it gives you time to process what is being said. When you listen, you take the time to decide the best way to respond. It is not just about who can talk the longest or who has the most to say, but it's about being active on either side of the conversation. Sometimes people don't need a response from the listener at all. Sometimes we just need someone to listen, and sometimes we just need to talk. One way or another, it's important to be present when in conversation.
This past Labor Day, I took a trip out to the falls. I misjudged the busyness of the falls, and when I arrived, the entire area was hosting quite the number of people. On this trip, I went alone. The plan was to climb to the top of the fall and sit on the rock that overlooks the drop and the bank it flows into, and to read some assignments for class. Instead, I only read maybe one act of my play, spoke to people for longer than I intended, and naturally, people watched. People watching is such a funny concept that has become fairly socially accepted. While I sat on my little perch, I watched as people talked and took pictures for each other. Everyone smiling and watching out for each other as they climbed over rocks and through the baby currents. It reminded me of the holiday season or a festival. The atmosphere had such a connected, interpersonal feeling. I sat there and thought about everyone and how they were interacting. I realized if we were all in a mall or somewhere just as goal oriented, hardly anyone would be stopping to say a small hello to a passerby. People would not be as open as they are on a beautifully sunny day, or at a festival. Honestly, that made me kind of sad. I recognize everyone has their own agenda. I'm okay with people being busy, but for