Peer Mediation Program
A Choose 2 Talk Mediation Agency intiative
“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.” Lyndon B. Johnson
Medi8MI is a new Peer Mediation program for Wayne County neighborhood schools and youth-based organizations. This quality program was created by principal mediator, Shimekia Nichols of Choose 2 Talk Mediation Agency which has been providing litigation support, restorative justice and advocacy for alternative dispute resolution services since 2009.
Peer mediation is both a program and a process where students of the same age-group facilitate resolving disputes between two people or small groups. This process has proven effective in schools around the United States, changing the way students understand and resolve conflict in their lives. Changes include improved self-esteem, listening and critical thinking skills, and school climate for learning. These skills are transferable outside of the classroom.
The Medi8MI program provides an evidence- based curriculum with interactive lessons, which are horizontally and vertically aligned with the Common Core Content Standards to decrease the disparaging rates of classroom conflict, truancy, in and after school violence, bullying, suspensions and expulsions.
Medi8MI mediation sessions are conducted by trained student leaders with the assistance and guidance of administrators and educators, in a private and safe environment. Program staff mainly focus on reporting efforts, organizing resources and securing community support thru funding.
Our goal has been to meet the community-wide challenge for the best idea for engaging and enriching Detroit through needed services. Medi8MI provides a unique opportunity. With our program students can:
- Connect with peers on social and communication issues that are relevant to K-12
- Find empowerment as student leaders, with skills to negotiate and resolve issues such as bullying,
- Accept roles and support to become an agent for change and peace within their school
Bullying, miscommunication with adults and peer disputes are apart of the high school and youth culture more today than ever before; finding workable solutions and effective communication strategies influences relationships both on an academic and personal level. With our program parents, teens and families are given resources to help with Suicide prevention, parenting troubles, anger management, physical abuse, academic issues, chemical dependency, relationship problems, depression, emotional abuse, runaways and more.
The Medi8MI social media community, workshops and lessons, supports and encourages the exchange of knowledge. Our visual surveys and community discussions take just a matter of moments to complete, but leaves a lasting impact with the wealth of knowledge from your answers.
The Roundtable is our newsletter containing the latest research, funding and policies on expanding mediation programs for youth and juvenile courts as well as embrace a community-based approach to facilitative mediation.
To get more information and resources on peer mediation; hear our strategies of success; and/or schedule a meeting with a SCAO trained and certified mediator, please contact our office. We are open Tuesday thru Sunday 9am- 7pm. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or let's talk 313.627.3524.
You can also call (800) 8RESOLVE, 800.873.7658 for additional information or visit http://www.courts.mi.gov/SCAO/dispute/odr.htm