PEER MEDIATION PROGRAM
What is Peer Mediation? It’s both a program and a process
Learning how to settle problems in a non-violent way is an important part of growing up in a world where violence is prevalent, especially in music and on television. Children need to have the opportunity to resolve differences without the input of adults. Students understand their peers and therefore make the mediation process age-appropriate, framing the problem in a developmentally appropriate way. Students who participate in mediation feel more empowered and in control, they learn that it is okay to talk out problems.
Key components of peer mediation include:
- Peer mediation generally solves disagreements between children that may be caused by name-calling, rumors, or misunderstandings.
- Participation in mediation is voluntary.
- Students appreciate mediation because it is confidential.
- Peer mediation does not replace the school disciplinary system.
- Peer mediation is a key component in the continuing effort to keep our schools safe for all students.
Just as reading and writing are essential skills for leading a productive life, so too are conflict resolution skills. Young people need to be able to communicate effectively, accept the consequences of their actions, generate and evaluate alternative solutions to problems and co-exist with people with whom they disagree. Peer mediation teaches these fundamental skills and attitudes to both student mediators and students who participate in mediation sessions. Teaching students skills to resolve their own conflicts not only improves their lives, but improves the schools in which they learn.
How do I make a referral?
Referrals to the Peer Mediation program can be made by students, teachers, administrators and parents. Any conflicts in which both parties feel they are more or less equally powerful in the relationship are appropriate for mediation. For example, bullying and situations involving harassment are not appropriate, because one party typically feels inferior and afraid of the other party. Referrals can be made for:
- Friendship misunderstandings
- Changing friendships
- Boyfriend/girlfriend problems
and yes even ...
- Student/teacher misunderstandings
Referrals can be made by filling out the electronic form on our schools website home page, or just simply click on this link, https://docs.google.com/a/orange.k12.nc.us/forms/d/1_awtTcE2en5oSuE556-2yGrfK73x9o5NOpR67zwsbBM/viewform
If you are unable to access the form please contact one of our Mediation Advisors: Andrew Wagoner (919) 732-6121 ext. 30041 or Quanda Turner (919) 732- 6121 ext. 30002
An application to become a peer mediator is shown below. 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to apply to become Peer Mediators. Training is usually held in September. If you are selected to be a Peer Mediator, you will be notified by Mr. Wagoner and will be put on the list for training in the fall. Please print this application, fill it out NEATLY and return it to Mr. Wagoner.