James City County Parks and Recreation Peer Mediation Program
Date: Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation, Commmunications Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: (757) 259-5415
Fax: (757) 259-5420
Twenty-six teens from James City County Parks and Recreation’s Before and After School, Beyond the Bell and STRIVE programs and 4-H are doing their part to become community peacemakers through mediation and conflict resolution training.
The Peer Mediation program is a partnership between James City County Parks and Recreation and Virginia Cooperative Extension– 4-H Youth Development.
In 2006, a $5,000 County innovative grant offered the opportunity for the training which teaches youth how to peacefully resolve disputes by building self-respect and respect for others, improving verbal communications through listening to conflicting viewpoints and by developing effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.
More than 66 youth in middle school have completed Peer Mediation training and 40 children in elementary school have completed the similar Peace Corner training since its inception last year.
As a result of the training, the youth noted substantial improvements in their leadership, mutual respect and decision-making abilities.
For more information on the Peer Mediation Program, call 564-2174.
The largest group of youth to date participates in Peer Mediation Training held in October at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center.