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Peace4Kids Podcast

Peace4Kids Podcast

By Zaid Gayle
@Peace4Kids is an incubator for the voices of foster care. This podcast is an opportunity to share stories of creation, transformation and healing to affect change and revolutionize how we look at foster care and the system itself. The more we see our collective humanity, the more we can embrace a just and equitable world.
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A Mindful Movement w Dr. Niki Elliott
"We are triggered from our places of marginalization but we react from our places of privilege" - unknown  In this episode, the Peace4Kids community along with Dr. Niki Elliott, Clinical Professor and Director of the Center of Neurodiversity, Learning and Wellness at the University of La Verne, explore the health benefits of mindfulness practices and the launch of our Heart Centered Connections partnership and certification. Learn More: Dr. Niki Elliott:
June 02, 2022
Reflecting on the Tragedy in Uvalde
As someone who has spent my adult life being in service, it is easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed by the circumstances. I know that many of you are feeling the same way. In these times it is easy to isolate and bury ourselves in our emotions. There is a certain solace to knowing that you can retreat to an inner sanctum and tune out the noise of the world. Indeed, it is a path that I often take. However, this moment feels different. I still feel unfathomable pain, but I no longer think that nesting with my emotions is productive. So... I turned to my mother and we shared our deepest thoughts about this time in the human condition.
May 28, 2022
The Pointless Forest
"Our differences are what color the world" - Angelica Nwandu In this episode, author Angelica Nwandu and illustrator Miriam Alejandra Cortez Cáceres discuss how they authentically represented the foster care journey in their new children's book The Pointless Forest. From shame and feeling small, to building community, owning their differences and ultimately impacting the world around them.  THE POINTLESS FOREST LEARN MORE: BUY NOW:
May 14, 2022
Love#1 Creating Family
"I sustain myself with the love of family." - Maya Angelou At Peace4Kids we believe that you are born to relatives but you choose your family. It is this choice, the commitment to love as you are, that lays the foundation for our experience in the world. If we are diligent about our choices we can nurture love and watch it grow and challenge our assumptions. If we are careless, we litter our emotional landscape with unresolved feelings and unmet expectations.  In this first episode in our LOVE series, we speak to Jayde and Luis about honoring their heart to start a family while still being brave enough to lean into vulnerability. We think there are many gems in this conversation that shed light on the power of love! Music for this episode was graciously provided by the incomparable Ndidi O:  Visit us at:  Thank you for listening and please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and Spotify
July 31, 2021
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass How do we practice the art of being free? At Peace4Kids we have a practice of discovering answers to important questions through living through shared experiences. In honor of Juneteenth, we brought our community together for an in-person exploration on the concept of freedom. Juneteenth commemorates the last of American slaves learning that they were liberated from one of the greatest stains on our humanity. However, there is still evidence that America still struggles with the residual effects of slavery. From the littlest members of our tribe to those that are more seasoned, join us in exploring the different ideas on how to be free.  Music for this episode was graciously provided by the incomparable Ndidi O: Visit us at: Thank you for listening and please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and Spotify
June 26, 2021
Confidence Club
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou How do you share your authentic self with the world? This is a question many youth in foster care wrestle with as they build the confidence to live out loud regardless of their circumstances.  On this episode Zaid & Jacob introduce Charmaine Griffin as she shares her personal story of leaning into a confident life. She is the founder of the vegan hair care brand, Kollective Koils (@kollectivekoils) and the originator of Confidence Club, a nine week program designed for the female-presenting members of the Peace4Kids community to define and access their inherent power. Music by: Ndidi O
June 11, 2021
Perceptions w/Dr Nash
Our beliefs shape how we see the world. In honor of National Foster Care month, Zaid and Miriam explore the public’s biases toward youth in foster care and the impact it has on our community. As one of the founders of the Revolution of Care Movement (ROCMove), Dr. Noah Nash, shares his strategy towards change in foster care from the bottom up. His research centers on the intersection of technology and foster care and unpacks the negative effects of media perceptions on marginalized communities. ROCMove is a new initiative of Peace4Kids that honors the raw, unfiltered, authentic voices from foster care. It is composed of intergenerational leaders with lived foster care experience, deep expertise, and direct stake in creating a healthier culture. To advance this effort, they have launched the Changing the Narrative research project while also creating new media narratives and training to mitigate the public’s negative perceptions about foster care. Read our recent report here - Join the movement -
May 28, 2021
"The only thing that is constant is change." Heraclitus In this episode, we dive into the idea of change with Laura Cortez as she reflects on loss and disruption caused by the pandemic and how adapting to life away from her friends, sisters, and school reminded her of her experience in foster care. A recent graduate from Barnard College of Columbia University, Laura shares the lessons she's learned and the resilience that helped her persevere and make it through. Watch Teen Vogue's "My Culture is Not a Costume" featuring Laura Cortez... Follow us on socials... & Learn more about the Peace4Kids fam...
May 21, 2021
Why do we call it "Mothering Day"? Our community has a very different relationship with the idea of motherhood. For young people in foster care there is a need to reconcile the disruption of their biological family to create chosen family. In this first episode of the Peace4Kids podcast we explore the lived experience of women from foster care who have redefined mothering to create safe and nurturing spaces for themselves and the children they love. We're giving these remarkable women the flowers they deserve right now! Watch Peace4Kids and USC's award winning Virtual Reality series "Finding Home"... Follow Peace4Kids on socials... & Learn more about the Peace4Kids fam...
May 08, 2021