Mediation Services began working with schools in the early 2000s as part of an Attorney General's Office project, but when that funding stopped, many schools found themselves unable to continue with conflict resolution programming. There was only one school that continued with a peer mediation program at that time. With the help of the MA Office of Public Collaboration, we have continued to support that school's program and last year, we were able to expand to the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster to teach youth at the Club's two locations who to communicate in a positive way and better respond to conflict in their lives, as well as mediate conflicts. HELP US MATCH OUR GRANT FUNDS SO WE CAN CONTINUE MAKING THESE PROGRAMS WORK. WE WOULD ALSO ULTIMATELY LIKE TO EXPAND OUR PROGRAMMING TO OTHER SCHOOLS AND YOUTH CENTERS. The project involves training peer mediators and leaders, support from MSI staff, workshops on communication run by MSI staff on topics such as: dealing with conflict, stopping rumors, bullying prevention, and staff training in similar areas as well as the development of materials for youth to use outside of the Club/School. We believe that by educating the youth in the community, we can give them the skills needed for dealing with conflict not only now, but in the future. We want to empower youth to resolve their own conflicts by giving them the skills necessary to do so. HELP US HELP KIDS SEE THE LIGHT...CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS CAN TAKE YOU FAR! The Campaign's Goal is to help us raise the match as required by the grant award. Please consider a tax deductible donation to support our youth projects.