Gaining Personal Insight and Skills
The peer mediation program is a problem solving approach where students with a conflict have the opportunity to sit down, in a non-threatening environment and discuss their conflict. After the issues are discussed and each student feels their side has been heard, possible solutions are brain-stormed by the students and the mediators.
Once a solution has been agreed upon, it is written down, signed by both parties and the mediators. Peer mediators are not police officers or judges, but rather facilitators to help students solve their own problems. Peer mediators gain personal insight and skills that often enhance their own self-esteem and academic performance.