Our Educational and Healing Art Program

Implemented in schools, community centers and in refugee camps

Be the Peace - Be the Hope has a unique and sustainable curriculum that:

•Creates bridges of communication between children and communities

•Enhances social and emotional learning, resilience and social connectedness for children at risk and living challenging situations

•Increases self-efficacy through leadership, skill development and mindmapping leading to project planning and implementation.

Please see below some visuals about our unique curriculum process implemented in Burkina Faso, Africa (this curriculum is protected by copyright but meant to be shared so if you are interested in knowing more about it please contact us ).

LOCALLY IN HOUSTON

BTPBTH - Implementation of 7 to 9 weeks workshops in schools/classrooms/neighborhood centers across the Houston region to help children/youth (including resettled immigrants  and refugee Youth) process their trauma and project themselves into a more positive future. Objectives: Build resilience, encourage self-efficacy, creativity and social and emotional growth, create small change in a highly sensitive and dynamic system for a more significant outcome, increase of positive actions

8 SESSIONS  & OVER 25 ACTIVITIES THAT COVER:

BTPBTH Cycle & Phases

Session 1 & 2: Self-Discovery

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.

Session 3: Interdependence / Interconnection

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.

Session 4: Overcoming the blocks -The Healing Box

Objectives: Find a place to express/share and deposit the worries/challenges and transform them into something more hopeful.

Session 5: Shared values, Cooperation and partnership

Objectives: To explore the potential role of cooperation and partnership in the participants’ everyday lives.

Session 6: Summarize what we have learned & create swirl art pieces that will be connected together

Objectives: Take a time to reflect and share

Session 7-8: Be the Peace- Be the Hope in response to others in need

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.

  • Transitional activities: breathing, relaxation and therapeutic activities that will reinforce the impact of the sessions described above.

1- CREATION OF THE CIRCLE OF TRUST

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.

2- WHO AM I?

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.

3- A place to express/share & deposit the worries/challenges, to start healing the worries/challenges (Healing Box Circle and Hope Stones)

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.

We have many more workshops and activities to share

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Once Upon A Hope

A Literacy Development of Be the Peace Be the Hope

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.