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
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.