20 03, 2018

Social Justice Leadership Camp

2021-05-20T17:41:37-04:00March 20th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

by Clare Wildhack-Nolan, Director of Social Justice Leadership Camp For the past 5 years, March has been the exciting time of year where I begin sharing with the community the opportunity for Indy teens to participate in Social Justice Leadership Camp.  It feels amazing to be able to offer teens the kind of experience that I wished I had had when I was their age. As a teenager in Indianapolis, who already had strong values around human rights and the environment, I was in a constant state of learning and critically analyzing the hypocrisy I felt the adult world dished out. My identity and search for friendships and mentors was tied to my desire to address the pain in the world. Unfortunately, there was not a lot to choose from. Indianapolis was very segregated then as it is now, and I only knew the opportunity my small section offered, and only had those conversations with my classmates and a close knit group of friends. It would have been amazing to have a diverse group of teens from across the city to meet with and hear their perspectives. It would have been amazing to connect with adults who could listen and understand, and encourage me, complicating and connecting the information and experience I was grappling with. In those formative years, it would have been amazing to connect with people who I wouldn't have met any other way, and become a

24 07, 2017

A Fulfilling Summer Experience for an Intern

2021-05-20T17:41:44-04:00July 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

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

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

8 08, 2016

Social Justice Leadership Camp 2016

2021-05-20T17:41:53-04:00August 8th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Reflections by Clare Wildhack-Nolan (Director) This year was an amazing year in the practice of Social Justice Leadership Camp. It was our fourth year of building: curriculum building, leadership building, community building, momentum building. It was all that! The Social Justice Leadership Camp has proven we are successful in achieving our mission of developing confident and knowledgeable leaders who analyze power systems in order to build a more equitable society.Our two-week day camp develops critical thinking, encourages personal reflection, leadership development, civic engagement, and creative problem solving; essentially, community organizing skills. Our two-week day camp develops critical thinking, encourages personal reflection, leadership development, civic engagement, and creative problem solving; essentially, community organizing skills.  Camp covers the themes of: personal identity, power analysis, social justice and leadership, media analysis, economic justice, justice within gender and sexuality, racial justice, justice and disability rights, art and expression, and event and action planning. This year the impact camp has had in our leaders’ lives, over the past four years, became evident. We are seeing campers who own their leadership, with a clearer understanding of how institutional power works. It is inspiring to see them work! Paije, who was in our first group of campers ever, stayed involved in our camp meet-ups and returned this year to participate in a second round of camp. Her ability to identify injustice and articulate the sources in institutional power that affect her life is a concrete product of

30 06, 2016

Thank You from Social Justice Leadership Camp

2021-05-20T17:41:55-04:00June 30th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Peace Learning Center and the youth of 2016's Social Justice Leadership Camp would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their donations to help provide food for the two week camp. We appreciate your support of social justice education, advocacy and awareness for youth of Indianapolis. If you would like to join in helping support through a meal or donation of money please contact Clare Wildhack-Nolan. Business Donations: Good Earth  Meijer (56th St.) Fresh Market (54th and College) Kroger (Broad Ripple) Individuals: Natalie Spriggs Demetrees Hutchins

21 05, 2015

Summer “Break”

2021-05-20T17:42:17-04:00May 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , |

School is out for summer. Once those doors close, kids aren't welcomed back until August. Exploring nature during Peacebuilders Camp! Think about it - here in Indianapolis that is 221,664 youth, 19 years and under, who need adults to take care of them. While summer break is shorter for most youth because of balanced calendars (school is out for two weeks in fall, winter and spring) it still averages around 9 weeks. Youth are in school at least 180 days a year by law - that leaves 185 "out of school" days. While our city enjoys new school choices through new charter, magnet and private schools, I've witnessed a decline in youth enrichment programs that focus on out of school time. The Kaleidoscope Youth Center recently closed as did Ruth Lilly Health Education Center's building at 22nd and Senate. Now, Marian University runs Ruth Lilly Health Education’s programs through outreach. What happened? Because of multiple factors including funding, testing and competition for class time, many students do not go on field trips or only take one-two field trips a year versus the nearly monthly field trips they enjoyed before. In response to this trend, Peace Learning Center has modified our programs to go directly into classrooms, offices, and communities. While many of the field trip programs to Eagle Creek Park and Peace Camp in southern Indiana ended during the great recession due to school budget cuts, we still

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