PEER MEDIATION PROGRAM
The Peer Mediation Program is an integral part of School One. Schools have traditionally utilized administrators, counselors and teachers when problems within schools occur. Some of these situations are serious and need the adults to facilitate the solutions. However, more often a school spends a great deal of the day coping with the interpersonal problems students face. These conflicts include:
The elementary/middle schools have found a solution when dealing with these situations. We have found the answer within the student body. We have the “Best Natural resource” – our kids! Who understands and deals with the stress of being a kid better than they do?
Our Peer Leaders will inform the other students that they will mediate disputes, have meetings to discuss various school problems and present programs on school related situations i.e. bullying and rumors. They will become the “eyes and ears” of our school. Their goal is to promote harmony and prevent minor arguments from escalating into major confrontations. They will also be “on alert” – i.e. if a quiet child is not adjusting to his/her school environment, they will reach out and help that student become more comfortable in school. We call this our “buddy system”. The Peer Mediators will be called upon based on an “as needed basis