Peer mediation is based on a model that empowers youth to prevent, resolve, and transform conflict by developing the attitudes, skills and knowledge to envision alternative options for resolving conflict. Some of the benefits of peer mediation training is the development of problem-solving skills, improved peer relations, leadership development, an increase in self-esteem, and the ability to transfer mediation skills to a variety of settings including family and neighborhood conflicts.
The need for School Peer Mediation (‘SPM’) in Delaware County School Districts stems from schools reporting hundreds of fights amongst students with little resources for intervention. These low-moderate income school districts each report 100-200 disciplinary actions per school year, resulting in third-party (police) interventions, injuries, and legal actions from family members and teachers. This results in a 20% increase in spending of classroom time and revenue, resolving conflict. Sadly, there is less time spent in educating our youth and delivering the best possible learning experience to every student. The school districts in these areas consist of 60% low income and diverse family demographics. With SPM, schools have a great chance of making a difference in the lives of their students and their families, resulting in stronger communities.
Center for Resolutions delivers the School Peer Mediation program through 16-24 hours of SPM training for students and faculty coordinators as well as 16-24 of CFR’s Train the Trainers program for the faulty/staff in support of the SPM. This also includes SPM Orientation and a 24-hour Basic Mediation Training for school staff and stakeholders that support and promote their program.