What is the Peer Mediation?
Peer Mediation involves youth who are in conflict or who have a disagreement and meet the following conditions:
They are between the ages of 12 and 18 years (7th through 12th grades)
They both desire to work out the problem between them
They are willing to understand and respect their individual differences
They are willing to change the way they currently relate to each other
Mediation offers youth a chance to sit face-to-face and talk, uninterrupted, so each point of view is heard. They focus on the problem and not on blaming each other. After the problem is identified and points of view are shared, the youth create options for mutual gain and choose a win-win solution. Then they may finalize an agreement to behave in some way from that point forward. Why does Peer Mediation work?
The goal of Peer Mediation is to facilitate an opportunity in a safe and private setting for youth to work out conflicts constructively. Through the process, youth also learn new ways of handling conflict and develop communication skills that may help them resolve or avoid future conflicts.
An important aspect of Peer Mediation is allowing youths to tell their unique stores in a way they feel they have been heard and understood.
Peer Mediation is not about finding out who is right or wrong. Instead, youth are encouraged to move beyond the immediate conflict and learn to get alog with each other, an important life skill. If agreements are reached, the co-mediators will help put them in writing, taking care that such agreements are fair, mutually acceptable and workable.
Peer Mediation is not appropriate for all conflict situations, such as assault or other criminal activities. Screening for appropriateness of the mediation process is always the first step.Ground rules and steps of Peer Mediation:Participants must be willing to:
- Solve the Problem
- Tell the Truth
- Listen without interrupting
- Be respectful
- Take responsibility for carrying out the agreement
- Keep the situation confidential
- Agree on the above ground rules
- Each youth tells you his/her story
- Verify that the stories have been heard and understood
- Identify the issues presented
- Discuss the issues
- Generate solutions
- Discuss (test) solutions
- Agree on a solution
- Sign an agreement
To make a referral to the Mediation Program, please complete a referral form and send it to the mediation advisor along with any documents that would provide additional background information. Referral forms can be downloaded here
. All referrals and related documents are confidential and personal documents will be returned.