Helping children and teens learn to manage conflict constructively as they interact with siblings and peers is a primary goal of Common Ground Mediation. Conflict resolution skills make their lives healthier and can keep them out of trouble as they mature into adults.
The following are Common Ground Mediation's youth focused programs:
Peer Mediation: We work with schools to establish and help maintain in-school peer mediation programs. Peer mediators develop leadership skills through this six (6) to twelve (12) hour training. We have recently worked with Phoenix High School in Roseburg and Harding Building programs in Coos Bay.
Restorative Justice for Youth: We partner with North Bend Police Department to provide an alternative to adjudication. This program focuses on addressing the harms done to victims and community by holding offenders meaningfully accountable for their crimes. The goal of Restorative Justice is the creation/strengthening of safe, healthy communities.
Juvenile Victim Offender Meetings: In a partnership with Coos County Juvenile Department, we offer a restorative justice program to youth who have been adjudicated. This program also focuses on addressing the harms done to victims and community by holding offenders meaningfully accountable for their crimes.
Words Work: This program is designed for grades five (5) through seven (7). It is designed to teach children how to manage conflict by:
Seeking to understand before seeking to be understood
Identifying, managing and coping with strong feelings, including anger
Anticipating the consequences of one’s aggressive verbal and non-verbal behavior
Finding nonviolent alternatives to conflict