Youth and School Based Programs
THE PEACE TEAM
Mid Shore Community Mediation Center trained five mediators to work specifically within the school-based programs throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Currently, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, North Dorchester High School, and North Dorchester Middle School, and Mace’s Lane Middle School host Peace Teams 3 or more days each week. Our mediators work with students, teachers and parents to reduce violence and resolve conflict by providing a peaceful, collaborative problem-solving process. Students are referred for mediation services by school staff and frequently request Peace Team services themselves.
The Attendance Mediation program is offered to elementary, middle and high school students and their families in Dorchester County Public Schools. The purpose of Attendance Mediation is to provide families, students and school representatives an opportunity to have a collaborative conversation regarding attendance concerns.
THE PEACE GROUP
The Peace Group is a conflict management education class offered by Mid Shore Mediation. The Peace Group curriculum is developed with evidence-based material from the ARISE Life Skills Foundation and The Alternatives to Violence Project. Lessons can be tailored for the needs of students aged 5-18 and include understanding anger triggers, how anger effects the body, stress awareness and reduction, managing anger and communicating effectively. Recently, Peace Groups have been held at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, Mace’s Lane Middle School, North Dorchester Middle School and the Talbot County Department of Juvenile Services.