NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2021 Creative Peacemakers is an exciting after-school enrichment experience for children K-4 who live in Deaverview Apartments. Our mission is to bring peace to our communities by helping children practice peacemaking using cooperative play and creative expression (yoga, drawing, weaving, painting, sculpture, dance, music, collage, gardening, cooking, and more). With LOVE as our foundation, we use a holistic approach to explorepeace: +within ourselves (body, mind, and spirit) -Peace for Me +in our personal relationships with others - Peace for Us +through our practices of social, economic, & global justice - Peace for Everyone +with acts of environmental sustainability - Peace for the Planet Emphasizing these four themes, we provide experiences which enable healing, resiliency, and empowerment while teaching peacemaking skills that will help children navigate challenges in our ever-changing world. We are collaborating with Read to Succeed and Children 1st CIS to provide positive learning experiences in the neighborhood. Our program is in its 6th year at Deaverview.Visit our website at www.creativepeacemakers.com for photos, information, ways to support us, and more! Many of our resources are listed on our web page as well.You can find updates on our Facebook Page: @Creative Peacemakers.
Join us: COLLABORATE, PARTNER, VOLUNTEER, or SPONSOR
COLLABORATE:In 2021, we are collaborating with diverse groups in the community. The groups will use and evaluate our curriculum to enable us to provide improved comprehensive Peacemaker Tool Kits for elementary school-age children’s enrichment programs (adaptable for other agegroups as well).These Tool Kits (pictured right) will include books, lesson plans, activity instructions, and materials as well as access to on-line resources. Initially, we would like to identify a few program locations to help us pilot the ToolKits. If you would like to collaborate with us in this way, please contact us. PARTNER: In order to expand our program, we need the assistance/networking of established organizations in the area that have similar missions and values. Coordination of the various groups participating and helping us manage the program are ways to partner. We plan to work with others connected to United Way’s - United 4 Youth collaboration.
SPONSOR: Our program is currently sponsored by St. George’s Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. Small grants and individual donations partially support our program for snacks, educational materials, and supplies. We are staffed by volunteers including high school and college interns.
NEW PARTNERSHIP - 2021 Creative Peacemakers is partnering with Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe whose mission is to close the race-based opportunity gap through community-powered literacy programming that engages children, families, and community partners. Learn more on their website at www.r2sasheville.orgCreative Peacemakers and R2S will be working together to provide literacy and peacemaking programming for children who live in Deaverview Apartments. Stay tuned for updates.