The Last Train to Good Neighbor

By Dominik Onate We all have a general understanding of what it means to be good neighbors. Good neighbors are friendly and courteous; they greet you hello whenever they see you. Good neighbors are helpful and kind. They help you carry heavy groceries, and they may lend you a book, a pot or any other …

6 New Years’ Resolutions for Mediators and Peacemakers for Community/Partner/Self Care

By Claire Doran Working at a non-profit community mediation organization, I welcomed the winter holidays with relief and exhaustion. After holiday parties and requests for donations, after the last intern left the office for winter break, I finally had a moment of blissful respite. And it’s the same for all community activists, peacemakers, public service …

Boys Don’t Cry

By Charles Chang I found myself crying as I heard different words hurled at me on the bus. Words such as “Chink,” “Jap,” and “Gook,” were used by the other kids because they thought it might hurt me. They probably didn’t know when and how the words originated (and I didn’t either for a long …

Free Online Conflict Resolution Class

We are offering a free online conflict resolution class that goes along with our new peer mediation curriculum. You can learn how to start a peer mediation program at your school. The class is designed for school teachers, administrators and nonprofit staff at conflict resolution organizations. Utilize this onetime offer by registering on http://www.peermediators.org/resources/course Major funders – JAMS …

Cyber-Bullying Youth Mediation

By Janice Son Navigating through high school is arguably one of the most challenging life stages for adolescents. The high school student’s academic career generally consists of scouting for attractions, looking for friends, carefully watching for foes, and of course, managing his or her workload.  With the perpetuating force of the digital age, students have …

Music and Story Night 2012

By Claire Doran The warm glow of Christmas lights illuminated the makeshift stage, with heavy red curtains and a funky zigzag rug.  The smell of warm cookies made the air seem sugary, and assortments of teas, wines, and spiced apple ciders were laid out enticingly on a table decorated with ceramic mushrooms and a small …

Cultural Issues in Mediation Workshop

“Diversity is the collective mixture of similarities and differences” – Roosevelt Thomas by Warren Chan, APADRC Conflict Resolution Specialist As an intern mediator at APADRC, we often learn about others, but how often do we learn about ourselves? The Cultural Issues in Mediation Workshop led by Edith Ng helped me understand the kind of mediator I am, …

Skeletons From the Closets of Old Friends

By Hasti J. Ahangi Disclaimers: The following story is a fictionalized retelling from a compilation of intern experiences and does not reflect any particular case or client. The names have also been altered in order to maintain confidentiality. “But they used to be best friends” exclaimed Sara, the daughter of an elderly lady named Jenny, who …

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