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“Full STEAM Ahead”

Dear Peace Family –

I might be dating myself by referencing an old children’s book classic, “The Little Engine that Could”, but the central theme “I think I can, I think I can . . .“ resonates when I think of all the ways Peace’s Summer Camps give young people the chance to explore new experiences and find out what they’re capable of. Whether it’s skating down a ramp at the Ann Arbor Skatepark, recording a podcast, helping to design a new picnic table, traversing a zip line, or learning about the brain at a visit to the University of Michigan’s Neuroscience Department.

This Spring, Peace Staff have been busy planning another full summer of activities for our 2024 Summer Camp programs—incorporating opportunities for learning and exploration around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. Traditional Tuesday trips to Silver Lake will include a component around exploring the Lake’s ecology. Special interest clubs including Robotics & Legos, Nature & Park Rangers, Gardening Club, Podcasts, and Health Cooking will highlight science and math concepts. And local field trips will take Peace Campers to the Leslie Science Center and Hands On Museum.

Two Transformational Road Trips will include a Civil Rights Tour to Memphis and Montgomery, Alabama for middle and high school boys—and a road trip up north to The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, where elementary schoolers will learn how freighters navigate the historic channel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.

This Spring, we will also be celebrating four Peace Alumni, who started at Peace as young campers and are now graduating from college:

  • Ruhi is graduating from Grand Valley State with an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Global Studies & Social Impact, with a double minor in Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies;
  • Mobin is graduating with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and will be attending graduate school at UM’s School for Environment and Sustainability after taking a gap year;
  • Terra is graduating from Tennessee State with a BS in Health Information & Management; and
  • Alex is graduating from Central Michigan with an undergraduate business degree (BBA) in Logistics Management.

At Peace, we love to launch life-long learning. With your support, we can provide another memorable summer filled with transformational learning experiences that open up a world of new possibilities for our young people—inspiring them to find their greatness and dream big.

With Appreciation,

Bonnie Billups, Jr.
Executive Director

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Our Summer Camps met a new challenge on Thursday which we had never faced before! The day started full of excitement for our trip to the Imagination Station with the 95 young people on the trip to discover science and tech. They had a great time! We boarded our caravan of buses and vans to drive back (2 buses and 3 vans) at 2:05pm a little behind schedule but with plans to arrive at Peace by 3:10. As we crossed back into Michigan on US-23 about 3-4 miles in we ran into a standstill on the freeway. After approximately 30 minutes we found out that there was a serious accident about 1//2 a mile ahead of us. After 60 minutes we turned off the vans and buses to save fuel and to not have things overheat. We had no way to exit or turn around for two and a half hours. Staff and kids played games, read books, and tried to stay cool! Finally we were able to, with State Police permission, make three point turns and drive a little over a mile down the shoulder in the wrong direction to exit the freeway. Our first stop after getting off the freeway was the Pilot Truck stop. One hundred and fifteen people needed to use the bathroom! 🙂 Special thanks to the two Ashley’s at Pilot Flying J #026 who sent us off with cases of water after hearing that we had been stuck on the freeway.

Throughout this challenge I could not be prouder of the young people and staff in our Summer Camps. They were patient, assisted each other and showed concern for those who we could not see but were affected by the accident. After leaving the truck stop we took a detour ride through the country and got back on the freeway to arrive back at Peace over three hours late at 6:20pm all safe and all aware that this minor inconvenience reaffirmed our strength in staying united and thankfulness for grace and protection.

Bonnie
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Our Summer Camps met a new challenge on Thursday which we had never faced before!  The day started full of excitement for our trip to the Imagination Station  with  the 95 young people on the trip to discover science and tech. They had a great time!  We boarded our caravan of buses and vans to drive back (2 buses and 3 vans) at 2:05pm a little behind schedule but with plans to arrive at Peace by 3:10.  As we crossed back into Michigan on US-23 about 3-4 miles in we ran into a standstill on the freeway.  After approximately 30 minutes we found out that there was a serious accident about  1//2 a mile ahead of us. After 60 minutes we turned off the vans and buses to save fuel and to not have things overheat.  We had no way to exit or turn around for two and a half hours. Staff and kids played games, read books, and tried to stay cool!  Finally we were able to, with State Police permission, make three point turns and drive a little over a mile down the shoulder in the wrong  direction to exit the freeway.  Our first stop after getting off the freeway was the Pilot Truck stop.  One hundred and fifteen people needed to use the bathroom!  :-)  Special thanks to the two Ashley’s at Pilot Flying J  #026 who sent us off with cases of water after hearing that we had been stuck on the freeway. 

Throughout this challenge I could not be prouder of the young people and staff in our Summer Camps.  They were patient, assisted each other and showed concern for those who we could not see but were affected by the accident.  After leaving the truck stop we took a detour ride through the country and got back on the freeway to arrive back at Peace over three hours late at 6:20pm all safe and all aware that this minor inconvenience reaffirmed our strength in staying united and thankfulness for grace and protection.

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What resilient kids and staff! Hopefully theyy all look back on it as a core memory in a positive way. As someone who oversees and advises many youth programs, this is definitely on my list of things I hope never happen. So amazing how this was handled from beginning to end!

I know that was a trying afternoon for the kids and grownups alike - I'm so glad the kids were in such good hands for this unexpected 'adventure'!

Even though this day was a difficult one, this day was a wonderful moment to show compassion, caring, and working as a team to insure the comfort and safety of all involved. A great Peace Neighborhood affirmation moment!!

Thankful for the safe return and all was well 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

Kudos to the Peace staff and Peace kids!!👏🎉

What an amazing testimony to how well not only the staff but the campers stood the test of time. Way to go🥰

Exceptional leadership and exceptional staff. Wow, that’s a lot to deal with. Proud to have been a part of PNC with my sons.

After all the years I’ve been working at Peace Neighborhood Center, yesterday (by far) was the day I was most proud. Not only for myself, but my co-workers and children. It wasn’t perfect, but overall humanity and compassion won the day. ♥️

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Tuesdays have been filled with excitement for our Leadership Development Camp for 6-8th graders. As part of our Summer of STEAM, the University of Michigan’s Chemical Engineering Graduate Society also known as ChEGS has partnered with Peace to provide weekly science-based activities. This week ChEGS worked with kids from our LDC to teach several concepts of Chemistry and had them complete various activities that included making lava lamps, creating borax crystals, and experimenting with cabbage pH indicators. Activities in previous weeks have centered around Biology, with Engineering, Science, and Art being the future themes for the upcoming weeks. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesdays have been filled with excitement for our Leadership Development Camp for 6-8th graders. As part of our Summer of STEAM, the University of Michigan’s Chemical Engineering Graduate Society also known as ChEGS has partnered with Peace to provide weekly science-based activities. This week ChEGS worked with kids from our LDC to teach several concepts of Chemistry and had them complete various activities that included making lava lamps, creating borax crystals, and experimenting with cabbage pH indicators. Activities in previous weeks have centered around Biology, with Engineering, Science, and Art being the future themes for the upcoming weeks.Image attachmentImage attachment

The start to this summer has been fast and furious at Peace! It began the day after school let out with a Transformational Road Trip for a group of middle and high school boys to Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center. Logging 2,503 miles on the van, it was an incredible journey full of discovery and new experiences, learning about space travel and jumping into the ocean.

After that adventure, Peace launched right into the start of our Summer Youth Camps on June 24th. This year's theme is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). In addition to special clubs like the one featured on our latest Peace podcast, campers will enjoy field trips to regional parks and local museums, and creative learning experiences with a focus on STEAM education with community partners throughout the region all summer. As is tradition, the elementary youth just enjoyed their first Tuesday trip to Silver Lake this week.

We hope all of you had a wonderful Fourth of July and are off to the same great start to summer that we are here at Peace!
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The start to this summer has been fast and furious at Peace! It began the day after school let out with a Transformational Road Trip for a group of middle and high school boys to Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center. Logging 2,503 miles on the van, it was an incredible journey full of discovery and new experiences, learning about space travel and jumping into the ocean. 

After that adventure, Peace launched right into the start of our Summer Youth Camps on June 24th. This years theme is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). In addition to special clubs like the one featured on our latest Peace podcast, campers will enjoy field trips to regional parks and local museums, and creative learning experiences with a focus on STEAM education with community partners throughout the region all summer. As is tradition, the elementary youth just enjoyed their first Tuesday trip to Silver Lake this week.

We hope all of you had a wonderful Fourth of July and are off to the same great start to summer that we are here at Peace!Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Summer Camps Podcast #1! Meet the Podcast CREW as they discuss their favorite summer foods and activities! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Summer, Peace Family!

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