Research shows that, across the world, youth and teachers cannot achieve their full potential in education if their social and emotional needs are not met.
Be the Peace - Be the Hope’s unique and sustainable research-based and results-driven curriculum aims at improving well-being, academic performance and safety in schools. While meeting these goals, our engagement with teachers and students allow to:
• improve learning and teaching by developing strong social and emotional competencies (Soft skills, 21st Century Skills):
The students become aware of the emotions they have and values they bring and start to appreciate themselves and others. They discover how to create equity while acknowledging the diversity and backgrounds in the schools we serve.
• increase resilience through mindfulness, healing arts and the development of coping skills allowing them to shift from lower states of the brain (survival and emotional) to a higher state (executive functions which include: filtering distractions, prioritizing tasks, setting and achieving goals, controlling impulses, developing empathy.)
•improve safety while reducing destructive behavior:
Students transform negative behaviors into positive ways of meeting their needs through Non-Violent Communication (NVC), collaborative practices and creating stronger relationships.
• foster community/civic engagement and leadership skills through student-led projects that improve the quality of life in the school and beyond.
All of these help improve the academic performance and wellbeing of students and their teachers.
Please see below some visuals about our unique curriculum process.
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Be the Peace - Be the Hope is serving teachers and students (including resettled immigrants and refugee Youth) in schools and community centers across the Houston region (More than 30 schools have already been 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)
Our program works in several phases with our primary phases being the Foundation SEL phase and the Community and Leadership Development phase.
Allow students to create a safe space where they can express/understand emotions and power traits, and discover that they have more potential, aspirations and resources than they sometimes think.
CREATION OF THE CIRCLE OF TRUST: A safe and inclusive place where students can connect as a community, share what they want to give /receive.
Develop an understanding that living systems are made up of interconnected relationships, in which each partner affects and often needs the other while addressing emotional intelligence and nonviolent communication,
GECKO'S STORY AND THE MAGIC BOARD: these workshops highlight the needs behind our emotions and qualities/strategies to address these needs.
Find a place to express/share and deposit the worries/challenges and transform them into something more hopeful. Students learn how to channel their feelings of sadness, anger, or negativity into drawings and writing, share their challenges with others and reflect on them while feeling safe,
THE HEALING BOX AND HOPE STONES: Students love the healing box because it is the first time they are allowed to pour their emotions into artwork.
Explore the potential role of cooperation and partnership in the participants’ everyday lives.
CREATION OF THE TREE OF HOPE: Which shows our shared collective values, strengths, and aspirations.
Take a time to develop reflecting practices and share what we have leaned.
THE SWIRLS: Create art pieces that will be connected together to represent what we have learned individually and collectively.
Cultivate awareness and global connection. Expand the youth's collective capacity for dialogue. Create positive change through simple actions. Activate compassionate forces. Fostering resilience and hope.
MESSAGES OF HOPE: Create messages of Hope on canvas that will be sent to children/youth in need locally or internationally.
Student driven, this phase requires active engagement with the community to discover areas of improvements and gain inspiration for projects.
Students learn skills such as interview techniques, mind-mapping, project management, leadership, team-building and implementation techniques. All five CASEL social and emotional competencies are required to make their chosen project become a reality.
These opportunities allow students to create and implement projects that impact the school community and its environment. In the past, students have created sustainable projects including murals, with positive words gathered during the mind-mapping exercise, and translated in all the languages spoken in the school; Mindfulness installations reinforcing the SEL dimension of the school culture; End of the year showcase, in which students delivered an inspirational speech and performances in front of the entire school.
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Every summer since 2017, 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 partnered 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.