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    South Lake Students Participate in Restorative Mediation Training
    Posted on 01/18/2019
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    South Lake High School Students Participate in Restorative Mediation Training

    Seventeen South Lake High School students attended and completed a 12-hour training session with the King County of Alternative Dispute Resolution to become youth co-mediators. Held after school for four days, the students completed a restorative mediation program co-organized by the King County Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution team, Community Passageways, and South Lake teacher Dion Schell.

    Restorative mediation builds capacity in our students to become facilitators of restorative circles where the goal is to have participants listen to each other, understand one another, and come to a peaceful resolution.

    Polly Davis, assistant program manager of the King County Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution thanked Dr. Laura Brown, principal of South Lake High School and South Lake students for their dedicated involvement and participation. “The training was four afternoons after school. [Your] students were a highly involved group. They listened, asked questions, participated in role plays…” Davis wrote in a thank you letter to Brown.

    Davis went on to state that, “Studies show youth who participate in mediation builds accountability and empathy...”

    Members from the Seattle community visited to answer student questions and speak to the cohort. Larry Evans (administrative aid to King County Councilmember Larry Gosset), King County Chief Juvenile Court Judge Wesley Saint Clair, and Criminal Justice Strategy and Policy Section Manager Marcus Stubblefield spent time with the youth.

    The training dove deep into topics such as institutionalized racism, school-to-prison pipeline, communication skills, asking questions, trauma and its many long-lasting impacts, dilemma stories, de-escalation techniques, and roleplay practice.

    The next steps in the training program are for the youth cohort to participate in in-service trainings which will function as practice opportunities for them to facilitate restorative mediation circles.

    Kudos to the following students for participating in the program and moving on to becoming youth co-mediators in their communities: Fucahoe Bomber, Aisah Drammeh, Mariama Hydara, Taniu Savelio, Carjuaiah Schachere-Banks, Jayleen Smith, Uriah Tuilefano, Tre’von Williams-Haywood, Muna Abdi, Amari Phillips, A’litha Thibodeaux, Lamel Miller, Jolinda Vivao, Abdi Abukar, Alana Carter, Daniel Paulaau-Jerome, and Jacinda Scott

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