Every Sunday, donations from the service’s collection plate are split 50/50 with a non-profit Winnipeg organization. This month’s recipient is The Peaceful Village.
The Peaceful Village
Manitoba School Improvement Program – The Peaceful Village Inc. is a not-for-profit, independent non-government organization that promotes educational equity and social justice by collaborating with public secondary schools to build their capacity to improve student learning and engagement for marginalized youth, particularly immigrants and refugee students.
The Peaceful Village After – School Program was begun in 2009 and offers learning centers for newcomer youth and their families in collaboration with several high schools and junior-highs in the city, language classes for adult newcomers and community-building initiatives aimed at removing barriers to educational success and increasing a sense of belonging for immigrant youth and their families.
Learning Centre sites at St. James, Fort Richmond, Glenlawn, Gordon Bell, Hugh John Macdonald Collegiates, Acadia and George Waters Junior-highs and the Peaceful Village Community Site on Wall Street near Tech-Voc. served more than 800 youth in the 2021/2022 school year.
The Peaceful Village programs are centered in a human rights and social justice framework. Each learning centre offers academic and social support (including tutoring, language, nutritious snacks/meal, bus tickets and scholarships). Learning centres are staffed with culturally diverse staff and volunteers who seek to develop a safe welcoming environment for homework, opportunities to make new friends, to try new experiences, to build skills and better access to post-secondary education.
Their Executive Director is Daniel Swaka; 1008 Wall Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Manitoba