Peer mediation trains students to assist their peers with conflicts through the development of mediation and other conflict resolution skills.
Laura L. Noah worked with Perspectives-Calumet Middle School Academy (Perspectives) in Chicago on developing their Peer Mediation Program. In January, 2011, Laura designed and led a 24-hour training for 17 youth at Perspectives. The program is called Middle Ground and their mediators are called ADL Peace Justices. Click here for a link to an article about the program.
Laura L. Noah ran a middle school peer mediation program in Dorchester, Massachusetts from September 2001 through June 2003 and then supervised peer mediation programs in Dorchester, South Boston, and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts until February 2004 when she relocated to Chicago, Illinois.
In the 2001/2002 school year, the Peer Mediation Program that Laura ran handled 125 mediations, 93% of which resulted in some form of agreement. 10% of all mediations were self-referrals where kids in the school were aware of the program and sought it out for help in resolving their dispute.
In the 2002/2003 school year, the Peer Mediation Program that Laura ran handled 209 mediations or an average of 1.16 per day. Of those, 97% of mediations resulted in some form of agreement. 18% of mediations were self-referrals.
If you would like to contract with Noah Mediation Services for the purpose of training students and/or staff in peer mediation, or for program development purposes, please call or email for more information.