The Power of Cooperation
February 2015
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"Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about." 

- Rollo May

Hi (Contact First Name), 


At Peace Learning Center we care about the Greater Indianapolis community. So, this year we are increasing our efforts to invest in peace education for individuals, organizations, neighborhoods, companies, and children because we truly believe everyone can be a peacemaker and the more peacemakers we have, the stronger our community will be. 

Thank you for being part of our team of peacemakers and helping us spread the word to empower even more people to join our efforts. 

In this month's newsletter, we're highlighting the importance of cooperation - working together to make a difference. You'll also find several opportunities to volunteer, attend a training session, connect with other peacemakers and a special invitation to attend the Grand Opening of "be the change"!

Plus, we're very excited to highlight the hard work of several youth in our programs who recently took time and demonstrated great courage as they shared their perspectives about the needs of youth in our community with the media and public officials. 

Together, we are a making a difference!


Peace on,

POP Logo 


When: Tuesday, March 10, 6-7:30 pm, networking until 8 pm

Where: Peace Learning Center, 6040 DeLong Road

What: Meet and participate in facilitated conversations with other young professionals who care about promoting peace in our city and in their own lives. $5 suggested donation, appetizers provided. 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.


Please contact jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org for more information.  


Introduction to Conflict

When: Thursday, March 19, 1-5 pm 

Where: Peace Learning Center, 6040 DeLong Rd., Indianapolis, IN 

What: During this professional and personal development workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn and practice techniques for conflict de-escalation, dialogue, and communication skills and how to use those skills to build a more peaceful community.

Click here to register and learn more. Or, click here to see a full list of our 2015 Third Thursdays: Community Workshop Series. 

The $25 workshop fee includes a park pass. To ensure PLC programs are financially accessible for all, we are offering course discounts based on a sliding fee scale. Please contact Director of Community Programs John McShane at jmcshane@peacelearningcenter.org or by phone at 317.327.7144 to request a workshop discount.





When: Saturday, April 18, 10 am - 2 pm


Where: Peace Learning Center - Ground Floor


What: Tours starting at 11 am and 1 pm. Registration is not required, but those who register to attend will be sent a gate pass for Eagle Creek Park and will not be required to pay the $5 gate entry fee. Click here to register to attend! 


What is "be the change"? After 15 years of changing lives through peace education, Peace Learning Center in partnership with HEART Indy has created "be the change" - an interactive eco-inspiration space and workshop series designed to show people of all ages how small changes they make in their daily lives can make a big difference for our planet and in our world. Click here to learn more about be the change.



Peace Learning Center would like to recognize Sara Talbert as the volunteer of the month! 


Sara Talbert

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 jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org to learn how you can make a difference or click here to visit our website to complete a volunteer interest survey. 





Join together in the spirit of GENEROUS SHARING through the Koinonia Project to clean-up and beautify the community! #CommonUnity


This street clean-up and neighborhood beautification project is being organized by youth in a PLC Peace Crew program at John Marshall Community High School and other neighborhood schools. 


200-300 volunteers needed from 9 am - 2 pm for a street clean-up on the following days:

  • March 24 at 38th Street & Franklin to 38th Street & Mitthoffer
  • March 25 at 42nd Street & Post to 42nd Street & Mitthoffer
  • March 26 - Finishing-up
To register as a volunteer or learn more about the project click here to visit  www.peacelearningcenter.org/koinonia-project or contact Jay Horan at jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org.

Two Peace Crew members from Crispus Attucks share their thoughts about youth needs.

On Thursday, February 10, four youth from PLC programs at John Marshall High School and Crispus Attucks High School delivered powerful messages to the media, public officials, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department about what children and youth really need in this community and how meeting those needs can help reduce crime and violence.  


We were also given an opportunity to share the potential impact of our proposed One Indy project which will target nine elementary schools and six high schools in the six focus neighborhoods identified by the IMPD as places where residents are 600% more likely to be victims of crime.


From Robert King's Indy Star article: Groves, a 16 year old student at John Marshall, said the pressures he and other teen boys face - "to do a certain thing, to act a certain way" - are hard to resist. Don't do those things and others can make you feel "lame," he said. 

He's managed the feat through his volunteering with the Peace Learning Center, but it hasn't been easy. 

"Bascially," he said, "you're scared to be different."


We are very proud of our students and excited about the potential positive impact One Indy will have in our community. To learn more about the project and the students' presentation, be sure to check-out one (or more) of the media stories about this event:


Indy Star: A growing share of city's body count -- children


Channel 13 News WTHR: DPS teaches children about conflict resolution, stopping crime when young


The Indy Channel - One Indy program aims to stop youth violence


More financial support is needed to make our One Indy project a reality. Please click here to donate today!

Tim Nation, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Relationships are the foundation of all learning - and most of our living. 


Terry Small, a presenter at a recent conference at Marian University, shared research which demonstrated at least 50% of all student grades are based on their relationships with their teachers.  We must feel safe and calm to be open to learning.  That is why we help teachers focus on social and emotional skills to help them build a warm sense of community in their classroom. 


Our culture loves competition - letting the market place decide winners and losers, reveling over sports champions, and even grading our schools. 


Though many know that Darwin wrote about survival of the fittest in his "Evolution of Species" he followed that publication with "The Descent of Man" that explored evolution's effect on humankind.  In this book, he only mentions survival of the fittest twice, but the word love 95 times.


None of us would be here if the ultimate law was survival of the fittest. No baby would be raised if there was only competition.  Love is the force that nurtures and grows our families and our communities.


How can you foster a spirit of cooperation, healthy relationships and love? 


Tim Nation,

Executive Director and Co-founder,

Peace Learning Center




The meaning of this word is "The process of working together to the same end."


Wow! Rather a "loaded" definition wouldn't you say? 

If you really think about it, no one would be where they are today without the cooperation of other individuals who've come and gone through their lives.


Does cooperation and teamwork go hand in hand? 

Click here to read more.

This section is written by Lisa Jones, PLC's Director of Human Resources and Operations. 

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!

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