To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth  learn positive relation skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

 

Making Schools Safer by Empowering Students to use Peaceful Conflict Resolution

By Bridget Castaneda

PeaceMaker Minnesota is piloting a Conflict Resolution Ambassador program at a couple of our partner schools thanks to the help of a grant from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the leadership of Larry Erickson M.Ed., a mediator and trainer. 

We are in the process of choosing the first schools for our pilot program and we are excited to announce them soon!

The Conflict Resolution Ambassador program will be equipping students to carry out the work of teaching peaceful conflict resolution skills to others. With the support of a few teachers at a school we will help train 40 students in conflict resolution skills.  

Once the students are trained on peaceful conflict resolution, they will begin to teach others in several ways. The students will create their own skits about peaceful conflict resolution to perform for other students. They will also assist other students in resolving conflicts peacefully.

Having these ambassadors within the classes and melded into the school community will truly change the total environment of the school. “Peer pressure” is such a motivator, even more so when used for good than for bad.  Besides the immediate results, these students will be able to teach these skills through the rest of their school career and beyond.

 

The grant that we received will allow us to help two to four schools until November.  More schools could benefit from this program but we don’t have the funding yet to offer it to all of them.

If you want to support this project scroll to the bottom of our website page and click on the green donate button or send us a check with the memo line, “Conflict Ambassador Program.”

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