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 relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.
Because of YOU, fewer kids are being bullied. Schools are getting the resources they need. Kids are learning skills to create caring communities: empathy, respect, cooperation, and peaceful conflict resolution.
Look at these results we achieved together in 2019:
- Reduced bullying at 11 schools; only 4 of 28 schools reported an increase. Combining results from all schools, 84 fewer kids were bullied when compared to the year their school partnered with PeaceMaker Minnesota. (Olweus Student Bullying Survey Results)
- Provided more than $80,000 in financial assistance to 30 schools to help them buy curriculum, train staff, purchase classroom supplies, bring in speakers, provide additional assistance to students, measure results, etc. Learn more about our Matching Funds Service.
- Trained 65 school staff (bus drivers, teachers, administrators, transportation directors, and others) on how to recognize, report, and respond to bullying. Learn more about our training services.
- Provided 24 workshops for 991 fourth graders led by 25 Ambassadors through our Ambassadors for Respect program.
- Piloted the new “Teaching Students to be PeaceMakers” training with Edison High School in Minneapolis. Nine students and 10 staff received this evidence-based training, which teaches conflict resolution and mediation skills. We continue to work with Edison on this training.
- Helped leadership staff take the first step in improving their school’s climate, facilitating a planning workshop to evaluate efforts, determine goals, and develop plans. Learn more about our Assessment and Planning Workshops.
- Provided $100 to schools for each teacher – 86 in all – who taught lessons using an evidence-based program that reduces bullying and teaches conflict resolution skills. Learn more about our Teacher - Team Recognition and Support Services.
- Contributed more than $50,000 to build up permanent funds that generate annual, sustainable funding for schools to implement and sustain violence prevention efforts. Learn more about our Long-term resources.
February 11, 2020
Last month, we received this email from Little Mountain Elementary principal, Gabe Hackett:
“I wanted to pass along this email to you to keep you in the loop of how our PeaceMaker partnership continues to make an impact on our students. Nichole has redesigned our Peer Mediation program to offer more immediate help on the playground…”
Nichole Rengel is the school social worker. The program she designed puts 4th and 5th grade students on the playground as Peer Mediators to help other kids problem-solve, give support, and mediate situations during recess.
The 16 student mediators use knowledge on the mediation process that they learned from Second Step lessons, an evidence-based, social-emotional learning program that they implemented with help from PeaceMaker.
“Recess is a place where students report bullying and conflict concerns are occurring the most,” says Nichole. “The mediator's role at recess is to help support students that are having a conflict during a game or peer relationship. They are not solving their problem, but giving each student an opportunity to share their feelings, then work to solve the problem together.”
The program is still new, and some kids aren’t quite sure how to react to peers as mentors. Even so, Nichole finds the model promising. “This model empowers the mediators to lead,” she says. “It gives them an opportunity to lead without an adult telling them how to handle each step of the process and then step back to discuss what isn't going well and what we can do to make it better.”
And, the students’ stories give her hope: “Hearing the mediators disclose small victories in what they are doing to help students is a great start!”
November 22, 2019
We were excited and honored to bring "Teaching Students to be Peacemakers" training to students and staff at Thomas Edison High School in Minneapolis last month. The evidence-based training developed by David W. Johnson and Roger T. Johnson, teaches conflict resolution skills, or how to manage conflicts through negotiation and mediation.
The ultimate goal is that students not only teach their peers, but are personally equipped to resolve conflicts (fighting, etc.) that can lead to suspension and/or expulsions, and ultimately to involvement in the criminal justice system. It’s a goal that resonated with attendees. One noted, "I am a big believer in the outcomes/goals of the training and would love for it to become more widely used and prevalent in public schools." Another appreciated the student-to-student focus of resolving conflicts because “peers listen better to their peers.”
Karla Hill-Donish and Dan McNeil, PeaceMaker’s Executive Director, delivered the training.
November 22, 2019
Students from Next Step Transition Program at Independent School District 622 North St. Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale kicked off their training with fourth grade students at Castle Elementary this month.
In partnership with the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Ambassadors for Respect Program (A4R) brings individuals with developmental disabilities into elementary classrooms to help students learn the importance of including others, using kind, Person First language; and being an advocate for themselves and others.
In addition to Next Step Transition Program, PeaceMaker partners with and supports staff at Merrick, Inc., a community-based service provider, and Transition Plus, part of the Minneapolis Public Schools to prepare the ambassador teams.
The program received a State Government Innovation Award from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and The Bush Foundation this year. Watch this video to learn more.
November 22, 2019
Please come out and join us for a PeaceMaker Minnesota tradition: our 5th annual Cribbage Tournament. Enjoy good-spirited competition, camaraderie, and pizza to support bullying prevention and creating positive school environments.
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Location: Adagio's Pizza Factory
Address: 2052 Silver Lake Rd NW, New Brighton, MN 55112
Cost: $40 per person to play in the tournament. ($30.00 is tax deductible) Food and beverages included.
To Register and Reserve Your Spot in the Tournament:
- Mail a $40 check to PeaceMaker Minnesota, 2131 Fairview Avenue, Suite E, Roseville MN 55113
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Opens. Social and team tournament seeding.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Team tournament play
9:00 p.m. Award ceremony
Tournament Details / Rules:
- Must be 21-years-old or older to participate.
- Half of the teams will rotate after each game to assure different tams play each other every time.
- Games played up to 1000.
Thank You to Our Tournament Sponsors
March 23, 2020