Peace Learning Circles began as an affiliate of Community Development and Dialogues in the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside in March of 2006. PLC hosted its first pilot Peacemakers Workshop in May of 2006. Three classes, participated; two from Kenosha and one from Racine. Students participated in experiential activities, cooperative games and role play to learn six peace tools to resolve conflicts and differences without violence. The day also focused on respect, values, teamwork, inclusion, and empathy.
On December 6, 2010, after nearly five years of generous support from the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Peace Learning Circles, Inc. (PLC) became its own 501(C) 3 nonprofit, educational organization.
In addition to the Peacemakers Workshops, PLC has expanded our school curriculum to include an All School Program, Outreach Program and PEERS program, new for the 2017-2018 school year.
In keeping true to our mission to promote a culture of peace through education to youth and communities, PLC began offering programs throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Our Community Programs included programs for the Girl Scouts and Big Sisters of Racine. The first Circles of Peace 2011 resulted in requests to present programs for senior citizens living in senior living apartments in Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee counties. Additional Community Programs include: