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Seven New Grants in August 

In 2022, we were able to award SEVEN new grants to schools within Southern California!

Gabriella Charter School
University High School Charter
Environmental Charter High School
San Gabriel High School
Cerritos High School
Palisades Charter High School
Weigand Ave. Elementary School


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  • January 26, 2023 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    KMC awarded Palisades Charter High School $2,500 in Peer Mediation Grants on January 26, 2023.  KMC welcomes Program Coordinator Heather Schon and Palisades Charter High School into our community.

  • January 26, 2023 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to our supporters and donors for another AMAZING year!  To download the PDF version click here: KMC 2022 Highlights.pdf

  • November 09, 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    #GivingTuesday is all about celebrating each and every single act of generosity we have to offer. Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, or showing up for an issue or people we care about, we each have something to contribute. Identify your gifts, pick a cause that gets you fired up, and give back - not just today but every day. At KMC believe that all students should have training in conflict resolution and peer mediation. You can help us get programs and trainings into more schools simply by donating! Join us on November 29th for #GivingTuesday by donating to KMC!

  • November 01, 2022 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    We are partnering with SCMA as they have donated a $1,000 Matching Grant to further KMC’s Peer Mediation Training Programs. You get another chance to double your impact by donating now! Every donation goes twice as far. Donations accepted through November 30, 2022. Find out more click here!

  • November 01, 2022 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    Have you ever thought about ordering your holiday gifts + treats through SEE's & at the same time helping raise funds for a non-profit? You can do both this year. Visit our storefront.

  • October 11, 2022 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Friday Night Live Youth Summit is an annual gathering of Friday Night Live and Club Live chapter members and adult allies from across the state of California. KMC will also be attending and exhibiting Sunday November 6th, so be sure to stop by and see us. Find out more info HERE.

  • October 11, 2022 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    We are so excited to be part of the annual SCMA Conference held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. We look forward to coming together to hear from some of the best in the mediation field. KMC will have an exhibit table, so be sure to come by and visit us. KMC will also be presenting at the 20 Min. Coffee Break session to present all about our organization, who we are, and how to get involved. To find out more click HERE.

  • October 11, 2022 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    Member Spotlight: Anne Sawyer featured on Mediators Beyond Borders International.

    Click here to read the full article: LINK

  • December 15, 2021 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    After a very rewarding three years as president of KMC, it is time for me to pass the torch to our very capable new board of directors. I am happy to announce that Anne Sawyer was voted in as the new KMC President at our board meeting on December 12th. We also welcomed Emily Dixon as our Secretary and Grant Committee Chair and Andrea Avila as our Treasurer and member of the Grant Committee. Thank you to our other board members, Wendy Kramer and Chuck Ervin. Also to our Communications and Development Supervisor, Madeline Wall.

    I also want to express my gratitude to Ariella Morrison for her faithful service over the past 3 years. Ariella was instrumental in helping us fundraise and Chaired the Grant Committee for many years, which is such an integral part of what we do as an organization. KMC will miss her energy, help, and support.

    I have served on the board for 5 years and so much has changed in that time. Under past President, Maria Simpson, the board grew and thrived for many years. Maria served as President of the SCMA Education Foundation, together with Jason Harper and Julie Ware, were able to get the organization on track and donated the remaining funds from an original grant from Woody Mosten to college libraries for mediation books and other media. When I joined in 2015, we expanded our grant program and were able to start fundraising again. We awarded grants to some community mediation centers, as well as other groups supporting mediation and conflict resolution. In 2017, at the board retreat, we did a lot of soul-searching and decided that we wanted our focus to strictly be on the support of peer mediation programs in schools. That is when Kids Managing Conflict was born.

    Since then, we have hosted the Symposium for Kids Managing Conflict for 3 years, sponsored many trips to the Museum of Tolerance for Southern California Peer Mediators, and continued the Celebration of Peer Mediation. Last year, I was proud to award the first-ever Young Peacemakers Award to Sarai Benitez and this year to Sein Yun and Porter Wade. And a special Peer Mediator Achievement Award to Will Hoadley-Brill, peer mediator and peacemaker extraordinaire, who has been a constant inspiration for what peer mediators become. We expanded our grants to support schools who wanted to start or maintain their peer mediation program and over the past 3 years have donated over $45,000 to Southern California Schools. Of course, this year marked the inception of the KMC Community founded by Sarai Benitez and Will Hoadley-Brill.

    I am very proud of all we have accomplished. None of it would have been possible without the amazing people and organizations who have worked alongside me.

    Special thanks to past board members - Jason Harper, Maria Simpson, Julie Ware, Shaune Gatlin, Betsy Decyk, Mike Powell, and Marvin Whistler.

    Thank you to the advisory board members for their support, Ken Cloke, Joan Goldsmith, Dr. Pamela Kreiser, and Marco and Kathryn Turk. A huge debt of gratitude goes to the Southern California Mediation Association Members, as well as, the Judicate West Foundation for their generous and ongoing support over the past 5 years. Also, to the American Arbitration Association, whose generosity helped us expand our programs and grants to schools. The on-going support of the NCRP program at CSU Dominguez Hills and our partner organizations who value peer mediation as much as we do - APADRC and Western Justice Center.

    I know I am forgetting someone and those who are too numerous to list, so please forgive me. Just know I carry you all in my heart and am grateful for your help, guidance, and support over the past 5 years.

    Please continue your support of this amazing organization as we continue to help support peer mediation.

    With gratitude, appreciation, and love,


  • March 20, 2021 1:43 PM | Anonymous

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About us

Our Mission:

To support and promote programs in K-12 schools that teach students conflict management skills and enrich their lives into adulthood.


Kids Managing Conflict
Address: PO Box 372

Sunset Beach, CA 90742

Telephone: 657-204-4022



Kids Managing Conflict is a 501(c)(3) and the charitable and educational arm of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).  

We are honored to be a part of SCMA - California's premier professional society for mediators.

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