Team Building
August 2015
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Louisa May Alcott once said, "It takes two flints to make a fire." And, just like fire, conflicts almost always take two to happen. 


As a result, much of our work at Peace Learning Center focuses on helping two or more people learn how to work better together to ensure conflicts are resolved in a peaceful way so the people involved can create a more effective team. 

In this issue of PLC News, we're focusing on teams by sharing how you can: 

  • build teamwork skills with kids (or kids at heart) by playing the "Hula Hoop Challenge"'
  • join our team to create better communities for everyone;
  • learn how we can help your team grow;
  • and understand the role you play in a team.

Finally, we'd like to invite you to participate in our 3rd Annual Mustached Turtle Dash on Saturday, Sept. 26 where you can have fun and run (or walk) for a good cause with your entire family (or team)! Click here to register.


Peace on,


Ghemaiya has been with Peace Learning Center for two summers now and she has become a huge part of the PLC family!  She has spent the past two summers volunteering her talents as a facilitator for our youth summer programs.  

Tiffany Tibbot, a member of our youth team, has worked closely with Ghemaiya and said,  "Ghemayia is a reliable and timely volunteer that Peace Learning Center can truly depend upon. Her willingness to learn new skills and pick up on them easily has benefited her greatly in her ability to adapt to changing environments. All this, combined with her absolutely infectious personality makes Ghemaiya a great youth worker!"


Ghemaiya is in center with pink sweater

Thank you Ghemaiya for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team!




Peace Learning Center is proud to participate in Indy Do Day again this year! Join our Indy Do Day project to be a Peace Mentor on October 1 from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. Volunteers will be trained to lead a peace education lesson and will then have the opportunity to facilitate the lesson at a local elementary school. 

Register to join our project at: indydoday.givepulse.com/event/10579-Peace-Mentors

To learn about other volunteer opportunities, contact Jay Horan at jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org or visit peacelearningcenter.org/volunteer to complete an online volunteer application.





The Hula Hoop Circle Challenge is one of our favorite activities for jump-starting team building at PLC. It's a great way to be silly, have fun and demonstrate to all who participate that we do better when we work together. 


Materials Needed:

5 or more people - the more the merrier!

1 or more hula hoops

Enough space for the group to create a giant circle


How to Play: 

1. Ask everyone to create a giant circle and hold hands with their neighbors.

2. Tell them the goal of the game is to get the hula hoop around the entire circle without letting go of their teammate's hands.

3. Do a short demonstration so they can see how the hula hoop can be passed by just using your body. 

4. Encourage them to cheer for each other and give help when needed.

5. After the hula hoop has made it around the entire circle, debrief to discuss what went well and what didn't and then try it again.

6. If the group is into the activity, introduce another hula hoop going the opposite way to increase the challenge. 


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

Corporate and Community Programs
Can We Help Build Your "Team"?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the term "team" in its simplest form; "A group of people who work together."  At Peace Learning Center, we think it's a little more complicated than that.  At the very least, our notion of an effective team is any group, small or large, working towards a common goal or objective that demonstrates the ability to:
  • Manage and overcome conflict in positive ways
  • Encourage dialogue with dignity and respect
  • Appreciate and leverage the team's diversity
  • Ensure all voices and perspectives are heard
  • Build consensus
  • Contentiously improve
The complexity and content of our Community Programs and the "teams" we serve continues to grow.  This year our workshop objectives included everything from better understanding personality styles to strategic planning (Our belief is that a gifted, talented group of professional leaders cannot create a sound strategic plan if they don't know how to work/talk together!). 
Organizations we served this past year included teams from the Teaching, Non-profit, Medical, Government, Faith-based, Military, Corporate, and Youth Service Provider fields.  All workshops were different and designed to best meet the needs of each particular team.  One recent participant said of a team building workshop, "I absolutely DREADED coming to this, but I'm leaving feeling happy with a renewed commitment to my team and teammates - thank you!"  Now that's the kind of response we like!
Let us know if you think we can help your team.  You can email John McShane, our Community Programs Director at JMcShane@peacelearningcenter.org or call him at 317.327.7144.  John will be happy to discuss the details and opportunities for helping you create a great team! 


Nobody Can Make Peace Alone

Never in our 18 years of existence has there been so much attention focused on Peace Learning Center as this summer.
The Indianapolis Star spotlighted Peace Learning Center as an Our Children Our City Initiative Award winner for our One Indy program. This recognition included a front page banner article and a $25,000 grant, plus ongoing partnership with Star Media to highlight our work throughout the year.

Indy Star Presents PLC with Article about Our Children, Our City Innovation Grant Recipients
Just after this, Indianapolis Business Journal's 40 Under 40 chose our center as their top awardee in an effort to invest in organizations that are meeting our city's most critical needs.  With this came a feature in IBJ, a $20,000 grant for One Indy, and the satisfaction that Indy's new generation of leaders understand we must be proactive in peacemaking if we are going to prevent violence.
I am proud that our staff and volunteers are getting recognition and resources to further our work for children and families.  Our One Indy program partners with elementary and high schools in our city's six focus areas where crime and poverty are at their worse.  We are mobilizing parents, faith groups, police, businesses and community centers in the areas to work together on the same team to raise healthy and successful children.
Nobody can make peace alone - it takes a team.  To be on a team, you must possess integrity, passion and a sense of cooperation.  Our city will address its problems when we realize we are all on the same team no matter where we live.
Peace Learning Center is part of a team of thousands of caring people who want the best for our children and our community. It is time for all of us to work together for real positive change to happen.
Want to join our team?

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


There is an "I" in Teamwork 

It seems I'm always running across someone or seeing something that says "There is no I in teamwork."
While this is true, there really is an "I" in teamwork. I have to be selfless; I have to put my ego aside; I have to have thick skin when my idea gets shot down; I have to be positive when someone else offers an idea; I have to be nice to people I may not particularly like; and I have to remember others will get "kudos" for a job well done that I will not get credit for. I have to remember this "team" I'm in will teach me new things, make me think outside my box and among other things, is for the betterment of the organization and all parties involved.
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision and organizational goal. The ability to put aside personal competitiveness and personal ambitions is not such an easy thing to do, but....if we can do it, we will personally gain from each other's intelligence and knowledge and wonderful things will begin to happen, and wonderful things are born and created, for the organization, for the team and for I, myself.

Written by Lisa Jones, Director of Human Resources.

Make Good Changes Happen!  
Please help us thank some of our donors this past month who are helping make peace possible!

  • Raymond Mitchell
  • Teresa Baker - PLC Board Member
  • Cherrish Pryor - PLC Board Member
  • Ashley Tucker - POP Member
  • Anonymous
  • UW of Central Indiana designated donation
  • Rev. Margo Ruark

Business/Organization Donations:


If you'd like to join them in supporting peace education, please click here to donate now! 

PLC's 3rd Annual Mustached Turtle Dash

WHAT: 5k run/walk, 10k and 15k run with Zumba warm-up and family-friendly activities to benefit PLC's peace education programs! 
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26, 8:30 am
WHERE: Peace Learning Center - Eagle Creek Park
REGISTER AT: Click here to learn more. Register before 9/11 to guarantee an event t-shirt!

"be the change"

WHAT: Includes 30 permanent interactive exhibits designed to build empathy and compassion by showing 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. 
WHEN: Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 am - 4 pm and by appt. on evenings and weekends
WHERE: Peace Learning Center - Eagle Creek Park

Yoga and Guided Meditation with People of Peace

WHAT: A reflective evening led by members of PLC's Young Professional's group People of Peace. 
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6:30-8 pm
WHERE: Peace Learning Center - Eagle Creek Park
Click here to RSVP and LEARN MORE

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