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.

Our Social & Emotional Educational Programs

Implemented in U.S. schools and community centers

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 -Foundation Phase- Implementation of 9 to 12 weeks workshops serving at-risk students (including resettled immigrants  and refugee Youth) in schools/classrooms/neighborhood centers across the Houston region (More than 50 schools already served including Blackshear Elementary, Braeburn Elementary, Burbank Middle, Collins Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Hartsfield Elementary, Las Americas Newcomer, Marshall Middle, Paul Revere Middle, Sugar Grove Academy, Sutton Elementary, Westside High, Wisdom High, Yes Prep Northside)


BTPBTH Cycles & Phases


Step 1: Self-Discovery and and Sense of Trust & Safety

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.


Step 2: Interdependence / Interconnection, building relationships and responsible decision making

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.


Step 3: Overcoming the blocks & Building Resilience

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


Step 4: Shared Values, Cooperation & Partnership

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


Step 5: Summarize What We Have Learned individually and collectively

Objectives: Take a time to reflect and share. Create swirl art pieces that will be connected together to represent what we have learned individually and collectively.


Step 6: Spread Hope - 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.



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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Hurricane Harvey Relief



  • In November 28, 2017- The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts’ Be the Peace-Be the Hope (BTPBTH) Alliance Program was selected to receive an $85,000 grant in the second round of Intermediate Relief Grants for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF). In August-September 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, and HISD was closed for a couple of weeks after the storm. The disruption caused by school closures, and destruction brought on by Harvey made many Houston students exhibit post-disaster trauma. 
  • BTPBTH used the funds awarded to implement its social and emotional healing arts program to over 1,000 Houston Independent School District (HISD) students and teachers who had been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The schools served included Emerson Elementary, Wisdom High School, Las Americas, Sugar Grove Academy, Paul Revere, Sutton Elementary, Marshall Middle School, Burbank Middle School, Liberty and Westside High school.
  • BTPBTH addresses the negative social, emotional, and environmental factors contributing to trauma, disengagement, delinquency, and academic failure. Our results-driven positive identity and leadership development curriculum (with pre/post assessments) engage at-risk children/youth through therapeutic arts and other disciplines, resulting in exploring strengths, healing trauma, and regaining Hope.
  • The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston’s Mayor Turner and Harris County Judge Emmett and managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation for immediate and long-term post-Harvey relief for the Greater Houston area. The fund is dedicated to filling the gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts and is one of the many critical philanthropic efforts across Houston and Texas that will support those in affected areas, whose lives have forever been impacted by this disaster.


Our BTPBTH Summer Camp with iEducate

2018 Summer Enrichment Camp


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.

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