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
Hello from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson. On December 14, 2014, journalist Anderson Cooper presented a segment on the CBS news program, “60 Minutes,” that was about mindfulness. Here’s a link to the video about Cooper’s experience as well as interviews he held with others who benefit from practicing mindfulness: Video Link After participating in a mindfulness retreat, Cooper found that mindfulness changed his life, although he didn’t expect this outcome at all. He asked himself if failing to be present meant that he was missing things in his life. After Cooper began meditating frequently, he found that by paying attention to his breath, he could intentionally assist his brain to not react negatively to stress. This enhanced awareness helped Cooper to feel as if he had more time in his life because he was paying attention instead of just rushing through the day. If you aren’t practicing mindfulness now, but want to consider it, the video will provide you with more information to think about. Please leave any comments or questions below, or send an email directly to me at email@example.com Enjoy a mindful week! I look forward to providing more resources and ideas about mindfulness in my next post.