14 06, 2022

Meet Director of Community CARE, Anita Jackson

2022-06-27T16:09:21-04:00June 14th, 2022|Tags: |

Meet Anita Jackson, Director of Community CARE* *Community, Advocacy, Reconciliation, and Engagement Let’s start with the easy stuff – give us a sample of your professional background and experience. My academic background is in education. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Education from IUPUI and taught for about 4 years. I recently returned to IUPUI to pursue my MPA in Nonprofit Management. In my 11 years of nonprofit experience, I have held direct-service and leadership positions. Some of the organizations I have worked at are the Brightwood Community Center, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Eskenazi Heath, Families First, and Catholic Charities Indianapolis. What brought you to PLC? It’s always been a dream of mine to work at PLC. I became familiar with PLC as a teacher and was impressed with the conflict resolution programs and curriculum. The Director of Community CARE position was appealing to me because it would allow me the opportunity to build community collaborations and provide an opportunity for young people to be more successful in their school endeavors. What are you most excited about in your new role? There are so many things I am looking forward to doing in this role. I am most excited to collaborate with other agencies like Reach for Youth, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Edna Martin Community Center, and external partners on this project. What’s your idea of a perfect day? My perfect day would

11 03, 2022

Meet Director of Development, Joe Gunn

2022-03-11T17:29:08-05:00March 11th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Let’s start with the easy stuff – give us a sample of your professional background and experience. I have over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. I’ve worked in youth development, fundraising, disability services, and advocacy. I’ve also served on many advisory committees and a few boards of directors. My first nonprofit job was at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa in Brown County. I did a little bit of every program for the organization over the years, but my favorite job was supporting youth with disabilities. The programs there are designed to ensure all children are fully included in all aspects of the program. I also recently finished a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management from IUPUI. It was great to take my past nonprofit experience and connect it to theory and best practice. I also made sure to keep a critical eye on norms in the sector that do not support diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. What brought you to PLC? I first heard about the Peace Learning Center through my good friend Kelly Hannon. She attended Peace Learning Center programs while in high school and reconnected with PLC as a high school educator pursuing a master’s degree at IUPUI. I connected with their organization and did a presentation for PLC staff on disability diversity, equity, and inclusion with my previous nonprofit employer, accessABILITY. After finishing my master’s degree, I was looking to

11 03, 2022

Meet Grants and Communications Manager, Brandi Metzger

2022-03-11T17:24:17-05:00March 11th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Let’s start with the easy stuff – give us a sample of your professional background and experience. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. I earned a Bachelor’s in creative writing from Oberlin College in northern Ohio. My professional journey has been very diverse: copywriting, research, animal caretaking, environmental stewardship, teaching, film and live-show production assistantship, and a few other hats. My service as an AmeriCorps Public Ally instilled a sense of confidence that I could be a leader in my community. I am passionate about finding creative ways for us all to understand the beautifully complex world around us. What brought you to PLC? Having experienced its programming in my youth, I was already a fan of PLC’s work. I believe PLC is an environment in which I can continue the work I love (bringing people together for the common good) while also gaining a wealth of peaceful practices that will serve me wherever I go. What are you most excited about in your new role? I am looking forward to maintaining and strengthening the relationships between PLC and its internal and external communities through effective communication. What’s your idea of a perfect day? A picnic and walk with my cat in a wide-open field in the morning, writing a funny script in the afternoon, and talking with friends under the stars long into the night. If we pushed play

4 03, 2022

Join Our Team, Community Care

2022-03-04T14:42:48-05:00March 4th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Please send cover letters and resumes to Lisa Jones at Ljones@peacelearningcenter.org Job Title: Director of Community CARE Status: Full Time - Exempt Reports to: Associate Director Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 annually Primary Function/Purpose: Intentional advocacy activities through community, advocacy, reconciliation, and empowerment will help to achieve systemic change while expanding PLC’s impact. Advocacy creates a cycle of support for PLC’s direct service offerings through its program pillars. In this cycle, advocacy not only uplifts the voices of clients but increases PLC’s visibility in many different spheres of influence, allowing for innovative ideas, new funding streams, and media visibility. Position Responsibilities: • Be able to work with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and other government and community organizations. • Be able to effectively work with Marion County Superior Court Juvenile Justice System, including Parole and Probation Departments. • Effectively interact with all levels of socio-economic communities. • Support Associate Director in additional duties as requested • Cross train PLC Program Facilitators in family programming • Ensure completion of monthly reports and evaluations from participants in programs and community meeting outcomes. • Develops a yearly Peace Education Conference in collaboration with the Associate Director. • Facilitates SEL, Equity, and Restorative Practices workshops. • Build strong relationships with contacts and other potential clients • Employ appropriate and respectful behavior management skills with those served • Continuous development of new knowledge and improvement

10 02, 2022

Peace Love and Learning

2022-02-10T15:17:03-05:00February 10th, 2022|Tags: , , |

"Education is an act of love, and thus an act of courage." -Paulo Freire- Peace Learning Center embraces Valentine’s Day this year by encouraging our followers to join us in continual learning and self-development. If you’re interested in challenging yourself and the status quo, we recommend checking out the following learning opportunities: Implicit Bias Microaggressions Analyzing Power for Equity History of Race If you’re interested in self-love and well-being, we recommend checking out our, Eight Dimensions of Wellness workshop. If you are interested in reconciliation, peaceful resolution of conflicts and accountability, we recommend checking out the following sessions: Conflict Styles and Resolution Restorative Practices Level 1 Restorative Practices Level 2 Spread the love!  Community education is just as in important as individual efforts.   Book these workshops, and more, as a private opportunity for your business, church, organization, or social circle. Contact Jay Horan, jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org, for more details.

6 01, 2022

Meet Director of Equity Learning, Nirupama Hayden

2022-01-27T12:16:35-05:00January 6th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Let’s start with the easy stuff – give us a sample of your professional background and experience. In addition to working in the industry for eleven years, I’ve consulted for diversity and inclusion (D&I) for nearly two decades. My skills and experiences in demand included auditing to determine the current D&I gaps within the business, troubleshooting to pinpoint root causes of D&I issues, creating results-oriented D&I programming, and resolving intercultural conflicts. As a cultural anthropologist, I am interested in best practices in diversity and inclusion in corporate settings as well as cross-cultural issues in a variety of spaces. I have advised both domestically and internationally, and offer my services in my free time to local non-profits to remove barriers for marginalized youth and adults and promote intercultural peace and understanding What brought you to PLC? PLC’s mission and values align to my own, and demonstrates them daily through its committed support in serving the community. What are you most excited about in your new role? Collaborating with like-minded individuals in service to the community. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Spending time with my family (and that includes my pup!) doing anything at all. Oh, and a pot of masala chai! If we pushed play on what you were last listening to (music, podcast or otherwise) what would we hear? Anecdotes of the Buddha’s life, as related to his disciples, collected in Old Path, White

6 04, 2021

Meet Facilitator-Coordinator & Spanish Specialist, Iliana Enriquez

2021-09-23T14:06:19-04:00April 6th, 2021|Tags: , |

Let’s start with the easy stuff – give us a sample of your professional background and experience. I graduated from IUPUI in December of 2018 with a degree in Civic Leadership and minors in Spanish and Public Management. During my time in undergrad, I was a social justice scholar. As a social justice scholar, I discovered my passion for DEI work. During the first 6 months after I graduated, I worked as a substitute teacher at IPS schools and as a youth worker through the John Boner Center. After that, I landed a position at Marian University’s career development office. During my time at Marian, I became a member of the Community Engaged Learning Committee, in which I still serve as a community member. I also recently became a member of MCCOY’s board. What brought you to PLC? I have wanted to be involved with Peace Learning Center since I was in undergrad. I feel like the mission and the values of this organization directly align with my personal values and goals. It is very important for me to be at an organization that does work that benefits the greater good. What are you most excited about in your new role? I’m excited to be in a position where I can use my skills and talents to do work in a field that I am passionate about. I Iook forward to growing as a facilitator and

1 03, 2021

Meet Director of Social Emotional Learning, Brooke Shoopman

2021-09-23T14:06:05-04:00March 1st, 2021|Tags: , , |

Let’s start with the easy stuff – give us a sample of your professional background and experience. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Psychology, I taught junior high English and Social Studies for 5 years. I also served as an Equity and Inclusion Coach and Social Emotional Learning Coordinator for my school. I was very fortunate to be able to attend a wide variety of wonderful equity, inclusion, and social emotional learning trainings during my time as an educator. What brought you to PLC? Oh man, my journey to PLC goes back a few years. At the time, Marc Williams was the biggest proponent of restorative practices in our district. He invited PLC to present on RP at one of our district-wide professional development days, and I happened to attend that session. It marked a major shift in my professional and personal beliefs. I really started to focus on educating myself and finding other mentors like Marc. Over time, it just got harder and harder to ignore certain systemic issues. In August 2020, I reached a breaking point. Myself and other educators in my community were fighting hard for some essential changes, and we just kept hitting wall after wall. I realized that I needed to rethink how I was trying to effect change, and I decided to visit PLC’s website. I was only intending

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