Research show that, across the world, at-risk youth cannot achieve their full potential
in education if their basic social and emotional needs are not met.
Be the Peace - Be the Hope in schools /community centers has a unique and sustainable research-based and results-driven curriculum that engages teachers and students:
•to improve learning and safety while reducing destructive behavior (academics):
The students become aware of the values & qualities they bring and start valuing themselves, they discover how to value others creating equity while acknowledging the diversity and backgrounds in the schools we serve.
They transform old habits of getting their needs met into positive ways of meeting their needs through NVC, collaborative practices and creating stronger relationships
•to create bridges of communication between youth and communities: the students create a new culture of Peace, Hope and respect which emanates through the schools' participants.
•to enhance community/civic engagement through creative activities: the students become actors and authors of positive change by proposing/implementing projects that improve the quality of life in the school community and beyond.
• leading to improvement of soft and leadership skills and urban installations that benefit the whole community: It increases self-efficacy through leadership, skill development and mindmapping leading to project planning and implementation.
In doing so, our workshops activate executive functions which include: filtering distractions, prioritizing tasks, setting and achieving goals, controlling impulses, developing empathy.
Please see below some visuals about our unique curriculum process. This curriculum is protected by copyright but meant to be shared so if you are interested in knowing more about it please contact us).
BTPBTH - Implementation of 7 to 9 weeks workshops serving at-risk students (including resettled immigrants and refugee Youth) in schools/classrooms/neighborhood centers across the Houston region.
8 SESSIONS & OVER 25 ACTIVITIES THAT COVER:
Objectives: Allow the students to create a safe space where they can discover and express that they have more potential, aspirations and resources than they sometimes think.
Objectives: develop an understanding that living systems are made up of interconnected relationships, in which each partner affects and often needs the other. By addressing emotional intelligence and nonviolent Communication, this lesson will highlight the needs behind our emotions and strategies to address these needs.
Objectives: Find a place to express/share and deposit the worries/challenges and transform them into something more hopeful.
Objectives: To explore the potential role of cooperation and partnership in the participants’ everyday lives.
Objectives: Take a time to reflect and share
Objectives: Cultivate awareness and global connection. Expand the youth's collective capacity for dialogue. Create positive change through simple actions. Activate compassionate forces. Cultivate resilience and hope.
A safe and inclusive place where the youth can connect as a community
Allow the students to create a safe space where they can discover and express that they have more potential, aspirations and resources than they sometimes think.
In order to step inside the Circle of Trust everyone is asked what positive value they wanted to bring and receive inside the circle.
One by one, students step inside the circle saying they want to bring values such as hope, peace, friendship, teamwork.
Bridging over from the Gauguin activity, the students use their answers to help guide them to what they want to put in their Blazon.
The Blazon helps to celebrate their positive values, qualities, and how they use these two together to build a better future for them. In the Blazon is a tree: the roots define positive values they’ve learned from their friends and family. The trunk represents their positive qualities that define them, and the branches is how they use these two to create their future.
Students learn how to channel their feelings of sadness, anger, or negativity into drawings and deposit them into the healing box.
By addressing emotional intelligence and nonviolent communication, this lesson highlights the needs behind our emotions and strategies, in order to address them.
At Sherman Elementary students said they loved the healing box and some even cried, because it was the first time they were allowed to pour their emotions into artwork.
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The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts (TFAA) and French Education Greater Houston (EFGH) decided to join forces to create an exchange of tales/stories between children from Houston and those from several schools in Burkina Faso (including the students from the refugee camps .)
The goal of the project was to continue cultivating an exchange and a bond between the children of the two countries through French and English language while sensitizing the children of Houston to the situation of the children who found refuge in Burkina Faso. In doing so, we encouraged them to keep developing hope, and to use their creativity so that they continue being part of the Be the Peace - Be the Hope exchange and supporting each other. Each class that contributed to the program, followed the same framework. This project requires writing, and was addressed to children of 7-8 years and older, but the younger ones could also take part by producing images that illustrated the tales.
Every summer, the Texan-French Alliance for the arts and iEducate host a free Summer Enrichment Camp at underserved school campuses.
After a successful 2017 partnership, the Texan French Alliance for the Arts / Be the Peace – Be the Hope teams partner again in 2018 with iEducate to bring Social & Emotional Learning art workshops to the students. These sessions are led by our BTPBTH experts as well as college & high school volunteers. The goal is to empower children in at-risk environments by developing their creative and life skills and opening their potential so that they can project themselves into a positive future.
The iEducate team is covering instruction in math, physical & life sciences, financial literacy, social studies, and engineering.
The whole program is designed to create an excitement around learning through lessons, activities and experiments led entirely by high-performing college and high school students. Every day’s schedule involves a combination of concept reinforcement and enrichment.