Summer at the PLC
May 2015
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"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 




In this month's newsletter we're celebrating summer!

We've included a list of upcoming events you won't want to miss, a volunteer opportunity that will fill you with PRIDE (hint, hint), and tips on how to create "Mind Bottles" this summer.

Tim Nation, PLC's executive director, focuses on how summer learning opportunities for children and youth have declined in recent years. In "Grow Yourself", Lisa Jones shares some fantastic summer camp opportunities for youth and adults. Finally, we've included a list of our wonderful most recent donors who have stepped up to make peace possible!


Peace on,



Peace and Lyrics: A Music & 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


Sentao Zumba Glow Party


WHAT: Wear Neon or white and glow the night away during the fun, fat-burning party at Studio G Fitness! $10 (No passes) Proceeds benefit Peace Learning Center.


WHEN: Friday, May 22, 7:30-9 pm


WHERE: Studio G Fitness, 3919 Lafayette Rd (Lafayette Square Mall)





PLC's Social Justice Leadership Camp


When: July 6-18, 2015 from 9 am to 4 pm (Plus 2 overnights)

Where: Meet in downtown Indianapolis - Indiana Humanities Council: 1500 N. Delaware St., 46202) 

What: We are looking for teens who are dedicated to being a positive leader in their community - people who care, are ready to focus, work hard, and play hard. Click here to learn more and/or apply: http://peacelearningcenter.org/sjcamp/




Peaceful Living for Kids and Families


When: Saturdays - June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, and July 18

Where: Peace Learning Center

What: A series of fun summer workshops for youth, ages 7-11, and families of any age! All workshops are 2 hours. Visit http://peacelearningcenter.org/summerfun/

to learn more.



PLC's 3rd Annual Mustached Turtle Dash:

Registration is open!


When: Saturday, Sept. 26th, 8:30 am

Where: Peace Learning Center - Eagle Creek Park

What: 5k run/walk, 10k and 15k run to benefit PLC's peace education programs

Click here to learn more and register. 




Stephanie is up front leading the class.

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!


Volunteering at PLC


PLC's Pride Festival Booth in 2013.

Are you interested in helping us spread the word about Peace Learning Center during this year's Pride Festival on Saturday, June 13 at American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis? 

It's a fun day with flexible shifts available!


If you'd like to volunteer, contact Jay at jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org or by phone at 317-327-7144 and let her know when you're available.


Mind Bottles!

Summer break presents a wonderful opportunity to teach your children, and even yourself, some new mindful practices! Research shows that practicing mindfulness helps people of all ages better cope with the stress of everyday life. 

This is a very simple mindfulness activity you can do with your child or entire group of children.  We often use this activity during our Peacebuilders Summer Camp program to help children discover how to find a peaceful place within themselves when dealing with conflicts.

Mind bottles are also very simple and fun to make! 


Click here to learn how to make and use a Mind Bottle.


Learn more about Peace Learning Center programs by visiting our website at peacelearningcenter.org/what-we-do/



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.

Click here to read more.

This section is written by Tim Nation, Executive Director and Co-founder of Peace Learning Center.


While summer camp opportunities might be declining for many children, there are still so many unique summer camps and other adventures at PLC and beyond that await exploration! 

Click here to read an Indy Star article featuring 45 local camps for your kids to enjoy! Or, if you're up for an adventure this summer, be sure to click here to read about 12 Adult Summer Camps that will Awaken your Inner Child. 


I remember going to summer camp and dreading it when I was a child.  Camp was the same thing every day.... arts and crafts, taking a hike, playing tag, eating a peanut butter or bologna sandwich and a banana for lunch,  and then "hanging out" with volunteers watching over us, or "babysitting," until the day ended.


Summer at the Peace Learning Center. Wow, how times have changed!  They make me wish I could have a "do over".  So much to do, so much to see, so much to learn!! 


Click here to read more.


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

Make Good Changes Happen!  
Please help us thank some of our recent donors who are helping make peace possible:
  • The Indianapolis Star  
  • Pacers Foundation
  • Summer Youth Program Fund
  • Broadripple Kiwanis
  • Meijers
  • Good Earth Natural Foods
  • Stephanie Shrock
  • Cocktails and a Cause
  • Samerian Foundation
  • Christie Herron
  • Helen Hopp
  • Janet McVay
  • David Mason
  • Grafton Day
  • Dr. Teresa Baker 
  • Ashley Tucker
  • Christen Peterson
  • Patricia Trowers-Johnson
  • Rebecca Debono
  • Manual Debono
  • John & Janie Westermeier
  • Michelle Anderson
  • Kathleen Cleary
  • Joanna Green
  • Annie Christ-Garcia

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