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.

Student Feedback

The best thing I like about the Invitational is meeting new people and learning different techniques in solving problems based on their experience.
I loved everything about the Invitational, from the theater activity, to our session with our coach. Most of all I love the fact that we got to use our skills as mediators and the feedback given to us.
It was a great experience having someone show you and guide you in a professional mediation.
I liked the coach and the mock mediation. I really enjoyed being able to get my questions answered.

Educator Feedback

Absolutely, 100%, positively GREAT. It created buy-in from the kids.
It was excellent. It gave the students a practical experience of how mediation should or should not go.
My students have the opportunity to learn from other student mediators. They get fresh ideas and a new focused approach for our school.
It continually gives the students practice and the professional coaches show them how the skill becomes a career.

Request information on the next Peer Mediation Invitational

*Please note that participating school are required to have a peer mediation program.

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Volunteers Needed

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