What we’ve been up to

Texas Character Education Day Celebration

November 15, 2019

On November 15, 2019, we celebrated the inaugural Texas Character Education Day at the School of Science and Technology. Parents, students, staff, elected officials and community partners came together to embrace the importance of Character Education. We were honored to have been part of this beautiful celebration and we look forward to our continued work in advancing Social and Emotional Learning and Character Education in all of our schools. There is a poster contest for all students preK through college to participate and show artistic, imaginative, and creative talent with a “Positive & Original” poster design about Color the World with Character. Submit your original art that contains at least one character trait of Caring, Integrity, Responsibility, Citizenship, and Leadership here. Application deadline is December 17th, 2019.

 

New Partnership!

We are thrilled to be partnering up with Be the Peace Be the Hope for a Safe Students Ambassadors pilot program at HISD’s Sutton Elementary. We are working with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students to create a community of peacemakers and Lovescapers at the school!

Tiny Fellowship with 4.0 Schools

Irene Greaves was admitted to Wave 6 of 4.0 Schools’ Tiny Fellowship!! We are beyond excited to be part of this community of inspiring individuals who are passionate about changing their communities for the better! This fellowship will give us the support we need to improve, refine and develop metrics to measure the success of our Lovescaping programs at schools. We can’t wait!!!

Guest Speaker at University of St. Thomas’ Master’s in Public Policy and Administration Class

November 11, 2019

Irene Greaves was invited to share her work at Dr. Beverly Barrett’s Master class in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) alongside Mia Bradford, Director of HISD’s Project Explore. We shared with the students our work in schools and our vision for Lovescaping to become a core component of our education systems. Some students are interested in and doing research in education policy and we had a great session followed by a Q&A where we received invaluable feedback and support for our work!

 

Guest Speaker at the Annual Day of Reflection Event
Saint Cyril Of Alexandria Church

November 9, 2019

Irene Greaves had the great honor of being invited as one of the guest speakers at the Annual Day of Reflection Event at Saint Cyril of Alexandria Church to share Lovescaping with the community. We had a wonderful session where participants shared and actively participated as we went over the fifteen pillars of Lovescaping and focused on empathy.

 

Latinos for Education “Latinx Pitch Competition”

October 25-26, 2019
Boston, MA

Irene Greaves was selected as one of the 10 nationwide finalists that made it to Latinos for Education Latinx Pitch Competition! Irene shared Lovescaping during a 3-minute pitch (watch below) to a panel of judges and community members. The experience was enlightening! We had the great privilege to listen to Rise Colorado’s Co-Founder and CEO Veronica Crespin-Palmer’s keynote speech, which empowered us all. Veronica is a living example of what Latinx leaders can achieve if they are given the right tools and opportunities to transform their communities. We are inspired and proud to know our fellow Edupreneurs who are doing transformative work in their communities. We congratulate the winners and look forward to supporting each other’s work and lifting each other up! We walked away with new friends, amazing connections, tools, resources and a cash prize that are helping us continue and grow Lovescaping.

 

SEL Convening in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

October 22-24, 2019
As part of the Novo Foundation, Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy grant we obtained earlier in the year, we were invited to attend the SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Convening in New Mexico. We had the great privilege of meeting Dr. Monique Morris, who delivered an inspirational keynote and had the opportunity to watch her documentary “PUSHOUT: The
Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.”

Wisdom High School

Irene and Garrett Reed from Wisdom High School led a Lovescaping breakout session to a group of educators, principals, social workers and others. The session was a total success! Many participants told us that the Lovescaping session was their favorite! We are so grateful and we look forward to growing, sharing resources and cultivating love across the country and the
world!

Guest Speaker

Latin Ladies Foundation of Houston

October 17, 2019

Irene was honored to serve as the guest speaker at the Latin Ladies Foundation of Houston’s annual fundraising event. We had a full house of around 150 attendees, and we received overwhelming support for our work. We are so grateful to the Latin Ladies Foundation of Houston for this wonderful opportunity and we look forward to working together and supporting each other’s’ work.

Spanish Book Launch

Lovescaping: Construyendo la Humanidad del Mañana Practicando el Amor en Acción

August 22, 2019

Irene Greaves’ book launch of the Spanish version of her book at The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston was a memorable and heartfelt evening. Grace Olivares, Univision’s Director of Community Empowerment led a conversation with Irene in front of an audience that included dear friends, colleagues and family members! Thank you to everyone who came to support!

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