We provide elementary, middle and high-schools students (with a specific focus on underserved, low-income, and minority students, including new immigrants and refugees) and their teachers the social and emotional learning and character-building workshops/in-class programs to develop competencies that allow them to increase their well-being and academic performance and become contributing members of the community.
Competencies include self-management, self-reliance, healthy relationships, responsible decision-making, and leadership.
Since 2015, we have been seeking to address the negative social, emotional, and environmental factors that have impacted students throughout Houston in low-income, under-served and at-risk communities and that have continued to contribute to their trauma, disengagement, delinquency, and academic failure.
Today, our students face many challenges and are hurting and struggling. These young students usually do not have the skills to deal with these challenges, including problems at home such as lack of resources or support, isolation, and abuse, to challenges at schools such as isolation, bullying, racial inequity, academic challenges (finding time to study, understanding course content and maintaining a high degree of motivation), structural violence, …etc.. They are overwhelmed by the emotions generated by these challenges.
The Be the Peace - Be the Hope platform, and programs provide these skills to students ages 7 to 22 and their teachers. The results are changed lives that domino
into the family and often through many at the school and in the community. There is Hope for the Future!
The Be the Peace - Be the Hope unique and sustainable research-based and evidence-based whole-child curriculum aims at
- improving well-being, academic performance, and safety in schools.
- building caring, brave, resilient, hopeful, peaceful & supportive school communities.
46 elementary, middle, and high schools, over 8,000 students, and 500 teachers served in Houston, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi during school time.
Short, yearlong & Schoolwide programs
We believe that collective change starts with individual change. The first step for sustainable and meaningful change in our schools is a shift in our mindsets- to truly see beyond limitations and harness the power of our brain, our strengths and anchor our work in our hearts and deepest “why” to be able to move the needle for our students and the entire school community.
Qualitative & quantitative methods to assess learning outcomes - Up to
•60% decrease in anxiety and depression •36% increase in physical & emotional safety •43% increase in healthier relationships
•50% increase in self-efficacy •75% increase in respect •100% increase in creativity.
Over 30 partners, including H.I.S.D., the School of Science and Technology School District, Arts Connect, Rotary, Unbound, Lovescaping, The Houston Galveston Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, the Center for Healing Arts & Science, The City of Houston Department of Education.
The Be-Hope App offers Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skill development and mental health support.
The Be-Hope App was developed in response to an overwhelming need for a 24/7 interactive resource to combat trauma, stress, loneliness, and other socio-emotional difficulties experienced by students daily.
As seen on CBS Chicken Soup for the Soul's Hidden Heroes
Published in Higher Education Teaching & Learning and Emerald Publishing
Through the Be the Peace - Be the Hope Social and Emotional Learning platform, it is possible to give our at-risk, low-income, minority students and their teachers the tools to achieve better academic success, safer communities and build their sense of self & belonging. We truly hope you will support these fantastic programs to help us create positive change that will truly change lives.
Many Faces, One Hope
Be the Peace – Be the Hope, our Social and Emotional Learning Healing Arts International platform is led and supported by:
1- An international team of educators, therapists, mindfulness experts, artists, social workers, and community advocates.
2- Decades of combined experience in the educational, healing arts, mindfulness, self-development, and community development fields.
3- A collective of prominent Houston and International organizations including NGOs; Cultural Institutions; Community and Artistic non-profits, Private Foundations and Institutions.
Through the efforts of Karine Parker, The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA) Executive and Program Director and Be the Peace - Be the Hope Founder, TFAA is a founding partner of Be the Peace – Be the Hope.
To Our Valued Supporters
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
It is possible to give our students the tools to achieve better academic success, safer communities and build their sense of self. Your support of these fantastic program help us create positive change that truly changes the lives of students and teachers alike.
Your support of our Social and Emotional Learning Healing Arts platform will make an immense difference
With your support, we will:
Your generosity will allow us to continue to improve the life of under-served, vulnerable and at-risk youth.
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