County Programs Win National Parks and Recreation Honors
Date: June 3, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation, Communications Coordinator
Phone: (757) 259-5415
Two Parks and Recreation programs have won James City County top honors from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO). The Peer Mediation Program and the Buddy Ball League were both winners – Peer Mediation for Parks and Recreation Programs with populations under 500,000 and Buddy Ball in the Removing Barriers Initiative category.
The Peer Mediation Program is a partnership between Parks and Recreation and the Virginia Cooperative Extension– 4-H Youth Development. The program is designed for youth in grades 6-12, teaching them 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. In 2007, more than 147 participants took advantage of the training, becoming certified youth mediators. In addition, 40 elementary school children in grades K-5 have completed the similar Peace Corner training since its inception in 2006.