Research shows that, across the world, youth and teachers cannot achieve their full potential in education and in life if their social and emotional needs are not met
and if they social and emotional skills are not developed.
LOCALLY IN HOUSTON
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 and understand emotions and power traits, and discover that they have more potential, aspirations, and resources than they sometimes think.
THE CIRCLE OF TRUST, THE CYCLE OF AN EMOTION, PRACTICE EMOTIONS, THE CIRCLE OF COURAGE AND BELONGING, THE TREE CREST & VISION BOARD: A safe and inclusive place where students can connect as a community, learn about emotions, neuro-science, coping skills, values, power traits and aspirations.
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,
A STORY OF NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION AND THE MAGIC BOARD: these workshops highlight the needs behind our emotions and qualities/strategies to address these needs nonviolently.
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 through art and STEM activities.
CREATION OF THE TREE OF HOPE and THE LEGO HOUSE: Allows students to share collective values, strengths, and aspirations as well as develop organizational and leadership skills.
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 school and 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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The "Be the Peace - Be the Hope" program invites the youth from our schools and community centers to share a spirit of hope, peace and mutual concern with the Greater Houston community (including nursing homes, hospitals) and children in refugee camps and orphanages.
Delivered through the powerful medium of art created by children for children, these messages symbolize positive intentions for the future. By cultivating compassion, awareness, and global connection through simple actions, this program expands the youth's collective capacity for dialogue and for uniting forces in order to create the positive change they wish to see in the world, despite disparate situations.