Peer Mediation at Uni
We are very fortunate to have a Peer Mediation program here at University High School. Currently, we are the only LAUSD high school on the west side that offers Peer Mediation. This program was initiated in 2006 and has been a continued success for all involved. It helps students who are experiencing conflict with one another to work together to resolve their issues.
Each year, current 10th and 11th grade students apply to the program and go through an interview process as well as submit a letter of recommendation from one of their teachers. We usually have between 75- 100 applicants for about 20 positions. These students attend a 16- hour training that is provided by the Asian Pacific-American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC). Here they learn how to become Peer Mediators.
Peer Mediation is a positive alternative to traditional discipline, which involves the Dean’s Office, Suspension, OT or Expulsion. Whatever is said in a mediation remains confidential and does not go on their discipline record. The Mediators are trained to be neutral and not to judge. Here, students help students express their feelings, and together they resolve their conflicts.
If you are aware that your child is encountering any sort of problem with another student at school, please confidentially refer their names to the Peer Mediation Program at school. Referral forms can be found in the Dean’s, the Counseling or Main Offices.
REMEMBER….IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO MEDIATE.