School & Youth Programs
Reaching Out to Youth…Since 1984 DRC has been serving the needs of youth. Working with students, teachers and staff, DRC provides programming in the following areas
- conflict resolution
- violence prevention
- anger management
Our programs address the basic communication problems shared by many of our youth, assisting them to develop fundamental life skills to ensure success as adults. DRC educates youth to manage conflict through mutual respect and an appreciation for diversity. These efforts contribute immeasurably to creating an atmosphere of support to resolve conflict peacefully within our schools and communities.
Parent Youth Mediation
Resolve issues by communicating in a non-judgmental environment. For parents and kids ages 9 to 19. This service is FREE and completely confidential. Professional mediators help you reach agreement. Common topics include: behavior, discipline, curfews, household responsibilities, school issues, siblings, blended family issues and single parent concerns.
Grades 3-12 School Peer Mediation
Peer Mediation in schools has emerged across the nation and globally as an alternative means of dealing with students’ conflicts. DRC provides training and support for school mediation programs. The positive effects range from a more cohesive school climate to a marked reduction in various types of behavioral difficulties. Schools have found characteristics of the mediation process, such as communication, neutrality, empowerment and confidentiality, to be useful in enabling students to take responsibility for resolving conflicts on their own. In Peer Mediation, students negotiate their differences with the assistance of trained Peer Mediators. The goal of a mediation session is a written agreement that serves to structure the future relationship of the students. Peer Mediation Programs are implemented in the Elementary through College levels.
Grades K-12 School Conflict Resolution workshops: Conflict Resolution workshops are offered in-school, after -school and through summers programs. These age-appropriate seminars of varied time, explore such topics as communication skills, anger management, perceptions, and problem-solving techniques. We are willing and able to create programs that meet the specific needs of your youth group.
Grades K-2 “The ABCs of Getting Along” and “The ABCs to No More Bullies”: Studies all indicate that the earlier we teach character education the greater a child’s success. These two 40 minute interactive workshops, presented to K-2 students in small group settings, explore vital relationship skills. The students are taught through song, discussion, games, puppets and role-plays.
Grades 3-8 “Lights, Cameras, Action”: In this entertaining program, important life skills are taught to aspiring actors or anyone who just likes to have fun, through role-plays, skits and theater games. “Lights” is usually offered through after-school programs and summer events.
Family Intervention Hotline: Available in Sullivan County, this program provides family intervention and support. The Hotline staff is trained to diffuse the immediate conflict taking place between parent and child. They will help clarify concerns, explore options and make referrals when necessary. Caring support is provided to the family and the children.
Special Education Mediation: Available in all four counties, Special Education Mediation services are available to assist in resolving differences between the school district and parent/guardian of a student who is physically, mentally or emotionally challenged. Choosing to participate does not limit other alternatives such as an impartial hearing, and there is no charge to participate.
Call DRC today and get started…
DRC can help you plan Peer Mediation Training, Conflict Resolution Curricula, and many other conflict management workshops for students K to12. DRC can provide conflict management training as well as workshops specifically designed for parents, teachers, administrators, and auxiliary staff. Call DRC at (845) 343-8082 for more information or to set up an appointment. Email us by clicking here.