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Reaching Out to Youth…

Since 1984 DRC has been serving the needs of youth, in school and the community. Working with students, teachers and staff, DRC provides programming in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, violence prevention, victim awareness and empathy, anger management and mediation.  Our programs address the basic communication problems shared by many of our youth, assisting them to develop fundamental life skills to ensure success in their adult lives.  Working with parents, educators, and the community, DRC teaches more than just good communication skills.  We educate youth in the effective and appropriate management of conflict by teaching mutual respect and an appreciation for diversity.  These efforts contribute immeasurably to creating an atmosphere of support for the peaceful resolution of conflict within our schools and communities.

Basketball for Life
Basketball skills and games for kids.  FREE.  Open registration every Saturday starting August 1, 2015.  Middletown Recreation & Parks Department located at 47 Academy Avenue in Middletown; entrance to gym is at the rear of the building.  Ages 8 years to 11 years:  9:30 am to 10:30 am.  Ages 12 years and up:  10:45 am to 12:00 pm.  For more information call (845) 551-1451.

Grades 3-12 School Peer Mediation
The use of Peer Mediation in schools has emerged across the nation and in other parts of the world as an alternative means of dealing with students’ conflicts.  DRC provides training and support for school mediation programs in all four counties.  The positive effects upon schools that support mediation 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.

Crisis Intervention Hotline
Available only in Sullivan County, this program provides crisis intervention, supportive peer dialogue, and awareness of available resources.  The Hotline staff is trained to help clarify concerns, explore options and make referrals when necessary.  They can give assistance, awareness and support in the areas of abuse, HIV/AIDS, alcoholism, depression, divorce, drugs, gangs, sexuality, pregnancy, violence and suicide.

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.

Make DRC your first call…
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.

The First Step…
Simply call the DRC at 845.294.8082 for more information or to set up an appointment.  You can also contact us by e-mail by clicking here.

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