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Catholic Charities graduates 17 new CVA peer mediators

Congratulations to Trinity Cook, Madelyn Engel, Rebecca Harrigan, Sophie Hyde, Gabrielle Kelly, Kim Knapp, Andrea Maltais, Jack Mitchell, Madison Morey, Charity Plows, Lexi Priola, Angelina Roberts, Abigail Ruggiero, Mercedes Sassone, Claire Schoff, Jack Seaman, and Jessica Ward for completing the Catholic Charities Peace Treaty Peer Mediation Training program. They join last year’s program graduates Richard Brewer, Colin Dawley, Katie Fogerty, Taylor Listovich, Isaiah Joyner

Peer mediators are trained students who are taught communication and mediation skills. Peer mediation is a program where students of the same age-group facilitate resolving disputes between two people or small groups. The process is voluntary for both sides. Peer mediators do not “make decisions” but rather work towards a win-win resolution for both sides in order to avoid further trouble. Referrals to peer mediation can be made by students, teachers, or administrative staff; pairs of mediators use structured mediation procedures to help disputants come to mutually satisfactory agreements. Referral forms are located in the guidance office.