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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 trainer@kitsapdrc.org to get more information or speak to one of our DRC staff about this opportunity!