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Why Be a Youth Mediator?

Through your mediation training and experience, you will:

  • Take a leading role in changing how your community resolves conflict
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Develop highly marketable skills that you can later use when applying for jobs or college
  • Enhance your college and career portfolio 
  • Meet other teens from Kitsap County who are involved in mediation

How Would I Become a Youth Mediator?

Youth can become a youth mediator if they have graduated from a Peer Mediation Program in their school, or by taking our open-enrollment 40-hour Mediation Training. Both are free of charge for youth 18 and under. The trainings are interactive and provide practice through exercises and coached role plays. Topics include:

  • The nature of conflict – its causes and typical ways we react
  • The multi-step mediation process
  • Core mediation skills (e.g. communication and problem-solving)

The DRC provides experienced trainers, coaches, and all training materials.

Following completion of their training, teen volunteers will follow a process of hands-on training that allows them to observe and then co-mediate live Parent Youth mediations toward receiving their mediator certification.

Ready to Get Started?

Contact our Training Coordinator at to get more information or speak to one of our DRC staff about this opportunity!