P-4197

Youth Peer Mediation Training

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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Anchorage Alaska

Total Budget: $9,000

Area of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention

Activity Type: Education: Volunteer Services

Summary: Youth Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training


Summary of Russian Jack Rotary Grant Application---Meditation, Dispute and Conflict Resolution Training through Anchorage Youth Court

Rotary Objectives. The proposed grant for this training is consistent with Rotary goals:

One of District 5010's theme for this year includes conflict resolution and mediation. Also, Rotary International has on-going programs in this area and a worldwide partnership with the international "Mediators Beyond Borders" organization. The program is a training program for High School youth and future leaders, in both professional skills and life skills which will serve them well throughout their lives.

Proposal. This grant proposal is for a total fund of $5,000 to provide training in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peer Mediation Skills. The training will be provided through the Anchorage Youth Court organization (AYC). AYC is a professional quality training program for Junior High and High School Students. The students are trained in legal and court procedures, professionalism, ethics, confidentiality, public and courtroom speaking presentation, and criminal law. The program involves the students handling actual criminal prosecutions and defense, and sitting as peer judges, in plea bargains and sentencing for cases, usually first-time offenders, referred by the State Juvenile Justice system. The program has been highly successful for over 30 years, both in success and low recidivism as a peer justice system for the offenders, and in training and giving experience in professionalism and real-world skills for the participants. Further information on the overall Youth Court program can be found at its website, at: https://www.anchorageyouthcourt.org

During the Covid pandemic, the regular State of Alaska Courtrooms, were closed and AYC's in person hearings curtailed. To keep the members engaged and advancing their skills, AYC in 2021 obtained a grant to begin training in the related professional skill of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peer Mediation skills. This was a pilot program with the goals of providing additional professional and life skills training to Youth court participants, and to provide these services, primarily through the school district. The initial training was by professional mediation trainers and was very successful. AYC has prepared a social media video describing the program and its goals in more detail at: https://vimeo.com/656833238

This grant seeks funding to continue the program for the next school year and group of students, with training in the summer and fall of 2022. AYC already has the written course materials, and much of the training will be provided by volunteer professional mediators and mentoring by students already trained in the program, so costs will be less than the original professional level of training. The training covers many topics and skills including problem solving, confidentiality, professionalism and objectivity, listening skills, and dealing with difficult people or situations. The training will involve written course materials, classroom training, and practice with mock dispute resolution scenarios and situations.

Russian Jack Rotary members will be involved in the training of the youth participants, we expect to have a presentation at a club meeting on program and training, we have two members who are school administrators with the Anchorage School District who can advise and assist in implementation of peer mediation, and our club has been a past donor and supporter of the Anchorage Youth Court program.

AYC is an appropriate organization for providing this training. The skills involved are closely related to skills required in the legal and many other professions. The training will be on skills which the AYC participants are already trained in and practice in the courtroom as prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges. This is a highly motivated group of student participants.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Anchorage Russian Jack

Primary Contact: Matthew Peterson

Email: mattkarlp@aol.com

Project Status

Approved
This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".

Project listed for the 2022-23 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Anchorage Russian Jack (5010)

5-Apr-22

$4,500

$4,500

$9,000

Total

$4,500

$4,500

$9,000

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History Log Entries

5-Apr-22

by Matthew Peterson

System Entry: Creation of project page.

11-Apr-22

by Matthew Peterson

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

11-Apr-22

by Matthew Peterson

System Entry: Project signed by Matthew Peterson.

19-Apr-22

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project reverted to "Submitted" - Alexandra Sonneborn added to the list of signatories.

19-Apr-22

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

19-Apr-22

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

19-Apr-22

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

19-Apr-22

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

19-Apr-22

by Matthew Peterson

System Entry: Project signed by Matthew Peterson.

20-Apr-22

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project signed by Alexandra Sonneborn.

4-May-22

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

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