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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Education, Mental Health, Secondary & High Schools, Substance Abuse Prevention, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Our Mission: To provide positive alternatives to conflict. What we do for our youth and adults is more important than what we do to them. paxUnited''s programs provide youth and the adults in their environment with the life skills they need for peaceful conflict resolution. Peers Making Peace is an innovative peer-mediation program that uses a preventive approach for handling conflicts both in and out of school. The program''s goal is to improve school environments by reducing violence, assaults, and discipline referrals, and to consequently improve overall academic performance. This is accomplished by training teams of students to act as peer mediators on their school campuses. The benefits achieved through our peer mediation process are remarkable: - Participation is totally voluntary. - The needs of all parties are expressed in a non-threatening, familiar environment. - Every participant is allowed equal time to present their understanding of the disputed issues. - Emotions are expressed and anger is diffused. - Conflicts are resolved to the satisfaction of all parties. - Everyone''s needs are met, no one is hurt, and relationships are improved.

Results: Schools with our programs have: - 73% fewer expulsions - 90.2% fewer assaults - 58% fewer discipline referrals -18.9% better standardized test scores

Target demographics: K-12 Schools, Students, Youth, Adults

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Peers Making Peace - Students along with a staff coordinator receive complete training in mediation skills and program implementation truly changes the atmosphere of the school campus. The school mediation program provides students and staff a means of nonviolent resolution for disputes that arise in the school setting. Students learn how to turn conflict into win/win situations not through compromise, but through listening to each other and designing a solution which meets both people's needs. PeaceKeepers Course - A Course that meets every day, just like Math and English. The for-credit course establishes a peer mediation team on campus enabling schools to utilize their best resource, children. This course equips and empowers students to resolve conflicts on campus. Through service learning projects, these classes provide conflict resolution training and service to middle and elementary schools.PAC (Positive Action Center) - Mediators as mentors. Research-based intervention program for at-risk students to reduce the number of placements and repeat placements (recidivism) in alternative learning environments. The program provides positive behavioral modification and results in self-responsibility and a more successful learning experience.Let's Talk It Out - This infusion program is every teacher's dream. A day in which teachers teach and children learn, where 50 to 75% of the day is not taken up with controlling conflicts. A day where the teacher is a mentor and guide, not a warden. Coupled with a campus peer mediation program, Classroom Peace, eliminates most negative behaviors common in today's classrooms.Anger Management Services - These services teach youth and adults how to manage anger in relationships with other individuals and available for students, educators families and business and community members who want to enhance their interpersonal relationships.Communities United - A program to help coordinate, strengthen and develop resources and relationships so that children and adolescents become caring, capable, resilient and responsible individuals through a safe and healthy community environment.Adult Mediation Course - A 40-hour course that develops and enhances skills, enabling them to facilitate an entire mediation through a combination of instruction and guided practice.Families United - Recognizing the importance of school, family and community partnerships, Families United brings together the resources of all these to promote the social, emotional and academic development of children.Parents for Peace - A field-tested mediation program that teaches parents and their children to use pro-social skills as reliable means of reducing interpersonal, family conflicts.

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Rating: 4

For the past seven years, I have trained student peer mediators with the materials from PaxUnited. We see a positive impact when our students help other students mediate their differences.