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The Western Justice Center Peer Mediation Invitational is an annual event hosted by Western Justice Center (WJC) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Invitational is designed for peer mediators throughout Los Angeles County in elementary, middle and high schools.
With the support of our conflict resolution education partner organizations–Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, Center for Civic Mediation, and Centinela Youth Services–over 100 students from more than 20 schools participate each year, along with program advisors and volunteer mediation coaches. The Invitational features high quality student actors performing hilarious improvisation on best and worst mediation practices, presentations from high-ranking judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and mock mediations (role-plays) with coaching from experts in the field, including professional mediators.
In the mock mediation, students take turns as mediators and disputing parties. Students have the opportunity to:
- Learn skills and demonstrate their strengths as peer mediators;
- Receive feedback and encouragement from peers and coaches;
- Receive recognition for their skills and contributions to their campuses.
Request information on the next Peer Mediation Invitational
*Please note that participating school are required to have a peer mediation program.
Each year, WJC recruits trained mediator volunteers to serve as coaches for students’ mediation sessions. These volunteer coaches provide feedback and encouragement to student mediators during their role-plays. Please help by volunteering. To volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.