conflict resolution

SLP students preparing for their advocacy presentation to their school principal. 

Middle school students at a charter school in Brooklyn, concerned about physical conflict among kids and teens in their community, successfully advocated for a peer mediation program at their school. Through their research, they discovered that students who were inclined to resolve conflict through fighting did so either because of external pressure from peers or family members, or because they could not calm themselves down when provoked. They felt strongly that the positive potential of peer pressure, through a school-approved mediation program, would provide young people in their community with the tools they need to resolve conflict peacefully, as well as the motivation to consider non-physical options.