The 4th Annual Edcamp Bemidji took place on February 11, 2017, and this year's event proved to be the best Edcamp yet! Bemidji State University's Memorial Hall was filled with 121 educators from over 30 area school districts on a Saturday to discuss education. The crowd was innovative, enthusiastic, and dedicated to providing the best education for all students. Many of the sessions met the mission of Peacemaker Resources including, Mindfulness, Trauma Sensitive Schools, Equity in the Classroom, and Social and Emotional Learning. Special thanks to the volunteer Edcamp Planning Committee and all of the business sponsors. Looking forward to Edcamp Bemidji 2018!
We ran across this article in the ACEs Connection Daily Digest and thought it was worth sharing. Donna Jackson Nakazawa, author and health science journalist, shares her story about years of frustrating chronic illness and pain, and her realization that "Illness...had become my joy thief." She chronicles a year-long experiment with mindfulness practices and the stunning results. Read more...
One of our SEL Trainers, Stacy Bender-Fayette, received a fun surprise today at school! She was awarded a "Breathing Teacher" shirt, and a Certificate of Appreciation "For teaching our students to calmly breathe and for helping to instill a positive, caring culture within Paul Bunyan Elementary School." What a way to make her day! Thanks, Paul Bunyan Elementary!
This week we would like to share an article from the ACEs Connection Network that uses an everyday text exchange to explain how ACEs can impact one's view of the world as an adult. Two friends respond to the author's text about something she was doing that day that was new and scary to her. In just a few words, their responses reveal volumes about their view of the world. Read more...
Girls Lead is a Peacemaker Resources program with the mission to empower and equip young women to have positive relationships with self, others, and community.
Girls Lead on the Go! is a one-day, community-based leadership experience for 7th-9th grade girls that connects them to community service organizations. Girls Lead on the Go! makes Girls Leadconcepts accessible to more communities and to more girls. It’s a youth leadership program that is community-driven and community-based.
lRead more about how the program works and how you can bring Girls Lead to your community.
Organizations in northwestern Minnesota are invited to contact GL@Peacemakerresources.org to find out more about hosting a Girls Lead on the Go! day camp in their community.
Peacemaker Resources assisted the Women's Foundation of Minnesota with a Listening Session held on December 7th at the American Indian Resource Center. An audience of policy makers heard from a panel of young women between the ages of 12 and 24 who shared their perspectives on growing up in this area facing the special challenges of diversity.
Candy Roberts-Salter moderated the panel, and Linsey McMurrin was one of 3 adult advocates who spoke about their perspectives.
Since November 2015, the Women’s Foundation has convened six listening sessions featuring young women and advocates from the Somali and East African, American Indian, African American, Latina, Hmong and Karen, and LGBTQ and gender nonconforming communities. The sessions enabled each community to form its own panels to allow for deeper conversation around economics, racism and culture, school and education, societal and gender norms, safety, and health.
More information about the Women's Foundation of Minnesota Listening Sessions can be found HERE.
The Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota. It is a public-private partnership and a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment to achieve equity in opportunities to improve the lives of young women of color, American Indian young women, LGBTQ youth, young women from Greater Minnesota, and young women with disabilities. In April 2017 an Action Plan will be made public that will provide strategies for how to create the conditions for young women in Minnesota to achieve equity in outcomes and lead safe, prosperous lives.
The Initiative, designed to be as participatory and inclusive as possible, is comprised of 3 core committees that will drive the work: Community-Specific Working Groups, Young Women's Cabinet, and the Young Women's Initiative Council.
Brianna LaDuke a former Girls Lead participant from Warroad, and Elle Sherman, St. Paul (formerly of Bemidji), have been appointed to the Young Women's Council. This group will be charged with ensuring that the work of the Initiative stays grounded in the lived experiences of young women.
Barb Houg, Executive Director of Peacemaker Resources, has been invited to join one of three Community-Specific Working Groups which have been charged with identifying the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota's young women and youth. These groups will help set direction, review data, and contribute to finalization of the Action Plan.
Nancy Vyskocil, President of the Northwest MN Foundation, Bemidji, has been appointed to the Young Women's Initiative Council. This group is responsible for mobilizing and cultivating the resources necessary to implement the Initiative's Action Plan.
Peacemaker Resources Social Emotional Learning Trainers Stacy Bender-Fayette and Sharleen Zeman-Sperle will present information on how childhood trauma can significantly impact individuals and communities. They will present information on the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and brain research to show the effects of toxic stress on brain and nervous system development. Resiliency approaches will be explored to help participants learn how to best interact with and support the well-being of individuals who have experienced childhood trauma.
Date: December 9, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Northwest MN Foundation, 201 3rd Street NW, Bemidji, MN
This is a part of the THRIVE Initiative's Professional Education Series.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.bemidjithrive.com/events
(Click on link, then click on link just above the gold ribbon, then click on "Select A Date")