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December 2014
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2014 Year in Review
2014 Year in Review Video
Hi (Contact First Name), 


All of us at Peace Learning Center would like to wish all of you, Happy Holidays and a peaceful New Year!


Thank you for being part of of our wonderful community of supporters. We can't wait to see what happens in 2015 thanks to all of you! 


This month's newsletter is little shorter than normal since all of you are likely a little shorter on time right now! It includes the very short 2014 Year in Review video above, our upcoming events, recognition for our fantastic Volunteer of the Month, an article from our weekly Mindful Path blog, recognition of our most recent donors, and Tim Nation's, PLC's executive director and co-founder, Peace Update.   


Peace on,

POP Logo 



When: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6-7:30 pm 

Where: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), 1029 Fletcher Avenue #100, Indianapolis
What: Take a tour of KIB's unique and LEED certified facility, learn about KIB and discuss how you can get involved! Please contact jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org for more information.
Click here to RSVP. 


What is POP?

Peace Learning Center's young professional's group that empowers its members to build bridges within central Indianapolis by increasing community awareness through the impact of service.



When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 11 am - 3 pm 
Where: Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis 
What: Free family-friendly Community Festival to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #2015MLKIndy

Click here to learn more about sponsorship, tabling, and volunteer opportunities!    






Volunteers are needed for the Peace Learning Center's 17th Annual Martin Luther King Community Festival. The event will be held at the Christian Theological Center from 11-3 on Saturday January 17, 2015. Volunteers are needed from 10:15-3:30. All volunteers will receive a lunch.


Please contact Jay Horan, PLC's Volunteer & Intern Coordinator, at jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org to learn more. 



Natalie Spriggs-Trobridge

Peace Learning Center would like to recognize Natalie Spriggs-Trobridge as the volunteer of the month! Natalie joined Peace Learning Center as an intern to help develop new preschool curriculum.  She has also helped with several other projects as needed.


Jay Horan, our volunteer and intern coordinator, has had the pleasure of working closely with Natalie and said, "Natalie is a bright light!  She is reliable and hardworking.  Always the first to offer help, Natalie brings positivity and determination to everything she does at Peace Learning Center."  

Thank you, Natalie, 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 jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org to learn how you can make a difference. 

Tim Nation
Tim Nation, PLC Executive Director & Co-founder

Recently, Peace Learning Center hosted a group of national trainers to train our facilitators in Peers Making Peace - the only evidence-based peer mediation program recognized and recommended by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.


During the training, one of our facilitators noted that Peace Learning Center is the premier conflict resolution center in the Midwest. Hearing this, both national trainers promptly responded Peace Learning Center is the premier conflict resolution center in the country. In their 20 years of visiting schools, centers and universities around America, they had never seen a place with the breadth and depth of programs and community impact of PLC in Indianapolis.


It made me proud to hear this, but also reflective on why this is the case.


Our strengths include 17 years of experience, an amazing community of philanthropists who support our work, an AmeriCorps program that helped launch our work by providing 50 full-time volunteers, and a local commitment to the full community of Indianapolis that includes serving schools, faith groups, neighborhoods, senior centers, businesses and the government.


It is also because we have achieved results. In schools and juvenile correctional facilities, our programs reduce discipline and behavior reports by more than 70% and we've demonstrated our programs even improve youth grades - helping raise 41 students from D's to B's at the Indiana Girls' School without academic tutoring.


Most organizations like Peace Learning Center remain narrow in their scope and often are unable to find committed local partners so they begin expanding regionally and nationally to remain in business. Others start with direct service like us but gradually become technical assistance providers and curriculum providers.


Instead of expanding geographically, we decided to go deeper in our community creating a wide variety of programs for any individual or group's needs regardless of ages or experiences. By doing this we reached nearly 10,000 people this year through 115 community partnerships. Any day of the week, we have 4 to 6 programs going on at schools, community sites, and our Eagle Creek Park location.


It is because of people like you that we are one of the best conflict resolution centers in the country. Thank you for your interest and support. There is much work to do in 2015 - please help us reduce violence and encourage kindness.




Hello from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson! As the new year approaches, are you thinking about welcoming more mindfulness into your life? A great way is to learn to practice mindfulness meditation, where you can start by noting when your mind wanders and bring it back to the present moment by focusing on your breath.


To learn more, here's a link to an excellent post from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley:


Lots of interesting and helpful information includes:
* How frequently our minds wander (you may be surprised by how much)
* What happens in our brain when we're not focused on the present
* A quiz to find out how mindful you are
* How mindfulness meditation can help you disengage from counter-productive rumination


That last point really resonated with me. I know that when I have negative experiences, I can tend to go over them again and again in my mind. But replaying all the details in exquisite detail doesn't help me get past the negative experience to learn, grow, and have better future experiences.


Practicing mindfulness meditation can help you train your brain over time to let go of negative experiences more easily, assisting you to feel more happiness.


If you have any comments or questions, you can either post them below or email me directly at mindfulpath@outlook.com.


In my next post, look for more resources and ideas about mindfulness. I hope that you're enjoying the transition from 2014 into the promise that 2015 holds.


The Mindful Path is a weekly blog published on PLC's website which is written by volunteer Lisa Robinson - @learningdojo on Twitter.   

Make Good Changes Happen!  
 All donations to Peace Learning Center are currently being used to support our One Indy project as well as other ongoing peace education programs. Please make a donation today to help us reach our goal to serve kindergarten and 1st grade students and their families during 2015. Click here to donate now!

Many thanks to our supporters in 2014 who donated more than $859,000 to support our Be Peace Campaign!

Those donors include the following: The Netherleigh Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Cathedral Women of Christ Church Cathedral, the Rotary Foundation of Indianapolis, the Samerian Foundation, the Summer Youth Program Fund, the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation, the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, Concept Prints, Georgetown Market, and many more!
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