I had the privilege of teaching a Peer Mediation workshop at the Educate Haiti Now/Haitian American Caucus Teachers Summer Institute. Educators in Haiti came to TSI to learn the latest and best practices that the presenters came to teach. I was amazed at the heart of the educators despite the harsh conditions they worked in; one, being unpaid. They were excited to come learn (some came from far) and ultimately take back what they learned to their classes.
Why Peer Mediation? I was a peer mediator in HS. Peer Mediation was one of the many activities I was involved in that kept me out of trouble, that, plus basketball, softball, and being student body president (Mayor). My high school, New Utrecht, was the first school to have a Peer Mediation group. ABC News had a segment on us and the work we were doing. Not only did I mediate conflicts, but I also had my conflicts mediated. So I know that I know that peer mediation works. There is no better way to get this generation prepared for the future then to teach them how to resolve conflicts.
I want to thank Educate Haiti Now and HAC for putting this summer institute together. You both are doing amazing work in Haiti. I was honored to have been involved.