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
When I think of peace, I think of everyone in a community working together. One person can make a change, but together as a team, we can make a world of a change. I chose to work with the Peace Learning Center because of all the great things I heard about them. The Peace Learning Center is definitely one of the kind. During one of my first few events here, I realized the large impact I could have on a single child's life in such a short amount of time. When a child feels comfortable in a setting like the Peace Learning Center, it's incredible how much they can open up to the group. On my first day at the Peace learning Center I was playing a game with a group who had just arrived, and something just clicked between a little girl and I. She was super shy at first, but between our fun interactions and my peace training, she felt I was someone she could trust and she was by my side the whole day. At the end of the day she gave me the warmest, sweetest hug before she left. The one-on-one experience I had with this one child reminded how much of a change a single person can make. When I think of the great impact I had on this girl, I think of the even bigger impact our group has on all of the groups coming through our camps
Giving Sum members are this month's Volunteers of the Month. Giving Sum awarded Peace Learning Center a $20,000 grant to help expand our One Indy programming and have also been completing service projects with us. Despite inclement weather, more than 20 members showed up for a Mini TLC for PLC day to help us clean up the inside of our building and get organized for the summer. Thank you all for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team and look forward to doing more great work with your help!
Barbara Oberreich is this month’s Volunteer of the Month. As a volunteer Barbara, has been instrumental in setting up a pilot volunteer restorative justice program. Kristina Hulvershorn, our Director of Youth Programs, has worked closely with Barbara and said, “Barbara is a wonderful combination of wisdom and passion who has been the reason we are able to begin a restorative practice volunteer pilot program. We are so lucky to have Barbara working hard for peace in our community.” Thank you Barbara for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team!
Last month, we asked 7th grade students from Vision Academy on Riverside Drive in Indianapolis to write letters about why they feel peace is important. Here are a few of the letters they wrote:
Volunteer Week of Appreciation: December 7-11 Peace Learning Center would like to take a moment to thank you for all you do! Our organization would not be what it is today without your generous help and support. To show our gratitude we would like to invite you to enjoy a week of festivities in your honor! Monday, Dec. 7: Relaxation and Rejuvenation, 6:30-8 pm at Unitarian Universalist Church of Indy Peace Learning Center volunteers are invited to join us for a night of relaxation and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a guided mediation and learn about other calming techniques to reduce stress. This is an open house style event, you are welcome to come and go as you please! Registration is required to attend. Click here to register. Tuesday, Dec. 8: Newsletter-Special Edition Watch your emails that day for a special shout-out from us, to you! A newsletter will go to all of our supporters highlighting the incredible things you have helped us to accomplish this year! Sit back, kick your feet up, and read about just how awesome you are! Wednesday, Dec. 9: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, 5:30-8 pm at Peace Learning Center Join us for a delicious meal at Peace Learning Center! Each volunteer is welcome to bring one guest. Dinner will start at 6pm. However, park gates will lock at 6 pm, so please plan on arriving between 5:30-5:50 to ensure you can enter the park. A PLC staff
Jane Westermeier is this month’s Volunteer of the Month. Jane has been participating in our Peace Pages program by volunteering monthly in a local elementary to facilitate lessons focused on literacy and peace education. Jay Horan, our volunteer and intern coordinator, has worked closely with Jane and said, “Jane is compassionate and so dedicated! She has taken her role in this program very seriously and I have heard wonderful things from the students and school that she is working with!” Thank you Jane for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team!
Stephanie Shrock at the front leading the yoga session. Peace Learning Center would like to recognize Stephanie Shrock as volunteer of the month! Stephanie selected PLC as her cause for 36 days during her 108 Sun Salutation challenge. Her goal is to raise money for various organizations doing good work in the community while also raising money to complete her RYT500 in Yoga Therapy. (Click here to learn more about her 108 Sun Salutation challenge.) In addition to raising $450 to support Peace Learning Center’s programs, she also donated her time and passion for yoga, by leading yoga sessions in the classrooms at one of our most challenging schools. Naeemah Jackson, PLC’s director of family programs, coordinated Stephanie’s yoga sessions at the school and said, “Stephanie was incredibly poised and calm even though she was blown away by the culture in the school, and said the experience was completely outside her ‘comfort zone,’ and a much needed horizon expansion experience.” Thank you Stephanie for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team!
Peace and Lyrics: A Music and Choral Benefit What: A night of music and peace presented by the Irvington Preparatory Academy's Advanced Choir and Peace Learning Center to raise money and awareness. At will donations accepted during the event. No advanced registration is required to attend. When: Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm Where: Irvington Presbyterian Church, Community Room in the lower level, 55 Johnson Avenue, 46219
Peace Learning Center would like to recognize Sara Talbert as the volunteer of the month! Sara has volunteered at our Martin Luther King Community Festival, Mustached Turtle Dash and various other events for the past two years. Jay Horan, our volunteer and intern coordinator, has had the pleasure of working closely with the Sara and said, "Sara comes to the events ready to work and do whatever may be needed of her! She does not shy away from anything we put in front of her and completes tasks timely and efficiently. Not only that, but she's always smiling and happy to be helping!" Thank you Sara for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team! Are you interested in volunteering at Peace Learning Center? Conact Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can make a difference or click here to complete a volunteer interest survey.