“I learned how to work out problems with other people.” –Elementary Student
“I enjoyed learning about how to establish a peer mediation program at our school. We need one, so it was beneficial to learn about how to do so.” – School Supervisor
What is the Western Justice Center Invitational?
The Western Justice Center Invitational, formerly known as Peer Mediation Invitational (PMI), 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 - nearly 200 students from 36 schools participate as well as 70 teachers and volunteer mediation coaches. The Invitational features a special tour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, presentations from high-ranking judges, and mock mediations (role-plays) with coaching from some of the best experts in the field, including attorneys and professional mediators.
In the role-plays, 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 coaches;
- Receive recognition for their skills and contributions to their campuses.
Sponsors and Donors
The Western Justice Center Invitational is provided at no cost to participants. The financial support of donors allows 200 students to participate every year. WJC needs your help to raise enough funds to produce other Invitationals throughout the region, allowing additional students to experience the benefits.
Each year, WJC recruits 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.