CPA February e-newsletter

February 2021

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The Ripple Effect Education launches new after school program 

Services offered by The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) were primarily delivered in-person until the COVID-19 pandemic changed how people work and where students learn. Fortunately, this February, TREE launched its first fully-online after school program, the Conflict Toolkit Cohort!

Not only has TREE adapted their services to continue collaborating with youth in a virtual environment, but the Conflict Toolkit Cohort stands out from TREE's other programs in new ways. Because registration is open to individuals in the public, any student from grades seven to nine can participate after school in this four week program.
Participants in the program will learn strategies to build their conflict resolution toolkit. Key topics include conflict styles, communication skills, understanding others, and entering conversations courageously.
Read TREE grows online to learn more about the program.


Catch up with past Peace Innovators: Where are they now?

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, along with its partners, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) and Kindred Credit Union, kicks off the next cycle of the Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program on March 1, 2021 when the 2021-2022 application period opens.  

In anticipation of this, we caught up with program alumni to learn where they are now and how they look back on their time as Peace Innovators.

Hear from Past Peace Innovators in our latest news item.

Waterloo's astounding engagement in Map the System
Registrations for the Map the System pitch competition at the University of Waterloo closed as of February 7th. This year, 52 teams signed up to compete on campus. Waterloo participants make up 1/5 of the registrants in Canada!

Competition updates are regularly posted on the Centre's Map the System page.
Staffing changes at the Centre
Emily Charron, Centre for Peace Advancement Interim Coordinator

Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement Coordinator, Michelle Jackett will begin her parental leave on March 10th. We wish Michelle all the best as she welcomes a new family member into the world, and we look forward to meeting them in the future.

During Michelle's absence, we are pleased to welcome Emily Charron as the Centre's Interrim Coordinator. Emily earned an MPACS degree from Grebel, and has experience working for organizations including the Centre for Community Based Research and the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support. Emily will be bringing her energy and passion to the Centre starting on March 1st.

See People Profiles for more about our team.

Upcoming events

Communities Mobilizing to Build Youth Futures Webinar
Tamarack's newest Vibrant Communities webinar will take place on March 3. Join Melody Barnes, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, and Paul Born as they discuss how communities can support youth futures youth in Canada and beyond.

Indigenous Speakers Series Presents Evan Adams
Come kick off the University of Waterloo Arts and Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre's 2021 Indigenous Speaker Series. On March 4th, Dr. Evan Adams will speak about the impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous populations in Canada.

2021 Bechtel Lecture on Blackness, Whiteness, and Anabaptist Racialization
The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies at Conrad Grebel University College explore history, identity, faith and culture. On March 11th, Dr. Timothy Epp will be presenting "Blackness, Whiteness, and the Anabaptists 'Imagined Community' in Print and Mission", followed by a musical performance by vocalist Diana Braithwaite.

Employment & engagement opportunities

Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program
Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort of Peace Innovators participants will open from March 1st to April 30th. Students entering their final year of high school are eligible to receive support and scholarships, to address a problem in their communities they feel passionate about.

Seeing Youth Futures - Tamarack Institute Photo Contest
Until March 14th, youth aged 15 to 30 living in Canada are invited to enter the Seeing Youth Futures photo contest with original photos exploring the idea of prosperity. Entrants have the chance to win cash prizes and have their photos published in an upcoming newsletter or online gallery.
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