We have to act now to help create more peaceful schools!
2019 marked the 12th anniversary of Kids Managing Conflict, SCMA Education Foundation. Over the past 4 years our organization has donated nearly $40,000 to the mediation community with approximately $35,000 going to support Southern California schools for their peer mediation programs.We are particularly excited to have donated $16,000 to six schools in just the last three months. Four of those schools are starting brand new programs. We recently got an email from one of these schools, Madrona Middle School in Torrance asking if they could apply for more funding because the culture of the school is already changing for the better and the program has been so well received, they want to train more students!
This year we reached more youth than ever before and grew our programs to include:
- Two Field Trips to the Museum of Tolerance, The Museum is always a moving experience for the students.See the attached letter from Maya Okada on her experience at the September trip and the impact it had on her.
- The Second year of our coordinator symposium “Building Community for our Future Peacemakers”.This year we hosted 100 attendees and one of the attendees, Principal Williams at Gabriella Charter School was so inspired she wrote a grant for her school which we funded for her to start a new peer mediation program this year.
- The Celebration of Peer Mediation which we co-host with INVLA at USC in May.This is an amazing evening because the students are the stars. This year we heard from the peer mediators at Lawndale High School and you can find the video of them on KMC You-Tube Channel
- Inaugural Young Peacemakers Award, this was the first year we chose a peer mediator to receive the first ever, Young Peacemakers Award.Sarai Benitez was presented with this honor at the SCMA Fall Conference dinner.Sarai first became involved with Peer Mediation her junior year of High School, after she had gone through traumatic bullying. In her first year, she mediated over 50 students with her fellow mediators, earning her new problem-solving skills, and deepening her compassion.
As we approach 2020, we know the need for peer mediation has grown. Not only did we have more organizations apply for funding than we were able to support in 2019, but the need for these programs increases every day.