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Students train to be peer mediators

Peer mediation is a program designed to enable students to help their peers resolve conflict in a non-confrontational way, with the help of a neutral third party.

A number of Schoharie High School seniors participated in a full day of training this past December to become peer mediators. Now sharing their new skills with their fellow students are: Samantha Cook, Noah Valvo, Winter Sparacin, Dillon Warner, Kyle Cornwell, Bryan Stolzenburg, Alexis Borst, Makayla Williams, Capri Vanderwerken, Emily Cooper, Sarah Cooper and Caroline Wetsel.

Peer mediation allows students to take responsibility for solving their own problems, with the help from their peers. It empowers people to solve their problems and to feel safe and respected.

The seniors who were trained learned about appropriate responses, listening, non-verbal skills, and the peer mediation process and took part in a number of role plays.

Any student can request a mediation by seeing their school counselor. Both students in the conflict need to be in agreement that they want to settle their differences. Mediations are only done with two students and two mediators.

Contact the school counseling office with any questions about peer mediation.

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