Education for Youth

We are pleased to share the following offerings, often easily adaptable to meet the specific needs of the participants, in addition to welcoming numerous collaborations and co-sponsorships:

Conflict & Cooperation

An eight-session course facilitated for about 120 students, in smaller groups, on conflict assessment and transformation, healthy relationships, effective communication, and other relevant topics (currently ideal for 7th and 8th graders).

Curriculum includes, in part:

  • Conflict assessment and transformation tools
  • Practice in cultivating empathy and managing frustration and anger
  • Identifying characteristics of healthy friendships and relationships
  • Learning to ally against violence and discrimination
  • Playing interactive cooperative games
  • Examining themes in literature and music
  • Exploring peace-builder profiles from around the world

Location: This program has been provided in collaboration with administration and staff at Goddard Academy and Da Vinci Academy at Sullivan Middle School.

“This program has helped me understand the acts of bullying, and allows me to recognize it before someone gets hurt…When our time ended, I didn’t want to leave.”

–Student participant

Healthy Power

An eight-week program/discussion for a small group of middle-school male students. Participants understand and identify characteristics of healthy relationships and healthy masculinity, learn skills to handle and transform anger and conflict constructively, and to employ nonviolent communication skills. Taught in conjunction with school counselor or teacher to ensure students receive ongoing support.

Curriculum includes, in part:

  • Exploring how conflict escalates and can be de-escalated
  • Handling anger constructively
  • Analyzing societal views of masculinity
  • Developing healthy friendships and relationships

Location: This program is currently provided in collaboration with Sullivan Middle School and was previously offered at University Park Campus School. 

“Before I don’t think I was going down the right path. I actually thought violence was okay, that it was everywhere in my city, my family. A lot of people were using it around me. Since starting the class for nonviolent solutions, I’ve actually seen a dramatic change in the way I view the world. When you use nonviolence and speak with using your words, you gain respect on a much greater scale. And the class taught me how to obtain that respect, not by using violence but by using my mind.”

–Student participant

21st Century Community Learning Centers

As a Community Partner the Center co-develops and leads an after-school multidisciplinary curricula in two 15-week sessions for 50 students. Sessions emphasize social-emotional learning, identifying and utilizing conflict de-escalation techniques, self-expression, and character development. The course is collaboratively planned with a team of teachers and align with curriculum standards in Social and Instructional Language and Listening & Speaking (Social Interaction and Character Development).

Curriculum includes, in part:

  • Skill-building in conflict assessment and transformation
  • Peer Mediation training and practice
  • Social/character development through peace building activities
  • Opportunities for practicing speech and cultivating self-expression
  • Exploring peace-builder profiles from around the world
  • Playing interactive cooperative games
  • Peer education and service-learning curricula development and delivery

Location: This program is offered at Sullivan Middle School.

“We learned about different conflicts in the past that had peaceful solutions and [explored] different ways that you could solve a simple conflict like a fight with a friend or something.”

–Student participant

Peer Mediation Training & Support

Designed for middle or high school students interested in mediating conflicts between their peers throughout the school year. With support from staff, pairs of students provide a confidential process for student disputants to discuss conflict and ideally come to a mutually beneficial solution. For example in one academic year the Peer Mediator in one school helped peers work through differences in more than 75 cases.

In part, entails:                                                     

  • 15-hours of intensive training and role-play practice for new Peer Mediators
  • Assistance with outreach and program establishment within the school
  • Mediation intake, process and agreement forms
  • Ongoing support via role play and skill-refresher training
  • Additional, specialized training as needed

Location: This training and program support has occurred at University Park Campus School, Claremont Academy, and Sullivan Middle School.

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