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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

   WHAT'S NEW



  • March 01, 2021 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    RECHARGE, REBOOT, AND REIMAGINE: Innovating Peer Mediation

    Week of April 12th-16th, 2021 at 3:30 - 5 PM PST each day



  • December 30, 2020 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    It was my great honor to be sworn in as President of Kids Managing Conflict earlier this month. I am thrilled to be leading such an amazing organization that strives to support and promote programs in K-12 schools that teach students conflict management skills and enrich their lives into adulthood. To further this mission we raise and distribute funds, as well as serve as a resource for those seeking networks and information on conflict resolution.

    As we all are coping and adapting to a pandemic, politics, racial injustice, economic crises, and more, the Kids Managing Conflict team has not only stepped up to these challenges, they have been able to tap into innovation and connection by creating a new Peer Mediator Alumni Team and Online Community https://community.kidsmanagingconflict.org/

    So many times throughout this past year, we found ourselves challenged to navigate a constantly changing path forward. Our normal routines and human interactions felt like they were thrown into a basket and into the air, not really knowing or understanding what will be on the other side of this “normal.”

    Kids Managing Conflict, like many other organizations, had to immediately pivot. We had to move all of our live events online. We had to rely heavily on our own personal conflict resolution skills, as we handled pandemic challenges especially as it related to supporting schools and students who are now being challenged more than ever. Never before in my lifetime has it felt like there is so much uncertainty. Yet, we continue to thrive and grow and it gives me great hope!

    As I step into the role of President of Kids Managing Conflict, I am humbled and cognizant of the needs of our youth. I am experiencing all of these things as a parent as well with my youngest daughter in her sophomore year in high school. It motivates me to be laser-focused on discovering unknown opportunities that continue to keep us together even while being apart. Community is what has gotten me through the last year, albeit virtual, community nonetheless. We discovered we can still connect, even if it was on a different level.

    The KMC team was one of those communities for me and it has been a welcome and much-needed source of connection and unity. I have seen our team pivot and adapt and more importantly, connect in ways we have never expected, nor had the opportunity to do so in the past. I have seen resilience and innovation in a short and challenging time.

    It is motivating and inspiring, giving me great hope we can turn a life-changing situation into new opportunities, one step, and one day at a time. I am taking this opportunity to close out 2020 reflecting, recharging, and rebooting! Then it will be time for all of us to reimagine. In 2021, our team will do just that and continue to reimagine the possibilities for peer mediation in this new terrain. Coming together will be just the beginning! I look forward to connecting, collaborating, growing, supporting, and serving this amazing organization and peer mediation in 2021.

    Happy New Year,

    Anne Sawyer

    "It's Not About What It Is, It Is About What It Can Become." - Dr. Seuss

  • December 01, 2020 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who supported KMC for our Fame night and Giving Tuesday. We raised over $2000 to help support the new KMC Community.

    KMC Giving Tuesday Virtual Family Game Night Fundraiser was SUCH a blast! We had a great time getting to know each other in our team-building exercise and we had a lot of laughs playing bingo, trivia Jeopardy, and a Scavenger Hunt! The KMC Community Executive Board helped facilitate the evening while encouraging peer mediation advocates to register for the KMC Community. We awarded prizes that included KMC merchandise, See's candies and several gift cards! Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. If we missed you on Tuesday, you can still donate now to support Peer Mediation Programs! THANK YOU again to all of our supporters! Kids Managing Conflict is forever grateful!

  • November 05, 2020 2:49 PM | Anonymous
  • September 01, 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    Weigand Elementary School

    KMC President, Sally Patchen, met with Principal Tamara Honegan to deliver grant funds for Weigand Avenue Elementary School's Peer Mediation Program, led by Program Coordinator Rebecca Jones.

    Wiegand's Peer Mediation Program, called the Tiger Club, was created in 2019 by psychiatric social worker, Rebecca Jones. We are thrilled to aid this program for the first time for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Tiger Club brings 4th and 5th-grade students together to discuss active listening, social-emotional learning, and empathy. The peer mediators promote violence-free conflict resolution and healthy communication skills.

    Orange County School of the Arts


    KMC Vice President, Anne Sawyer, and Communications and Development Supervisor, Madeline Wall, met with the Dean of Special Services, Dr. Gregory Endelman, and Student Peer Mediator, Sein Yun, to deliver grant funds for Orange County School of the Arts' (OCSA) Peer Mediation Program.

    Dr. Gregory Endelman will serve as the Administrative Program Coordinator for the Peer Mediation Program. The mission for the program is to provide peer mediation sessions for students that feel comfortable resolving their interpersonal conflicts with other students, rather than adults. Their main goal is to teach students how to resolve their conflicts in a peaceful and effective manner in a safe space.

    Eco Claire Fontaine

    Kids Managing Conflict President, Sally Patchen, met with Ecole Claire Fontaine Principal, Joelle Dumas, to deliver KMC funding!

    Their plan is to use the KMC grant to develop its Social-Emotional curriculum using peer mediation. Students will develop social skills, learn how to name and manage feelings, and build a toolbox of conflict resolution abilities. Their goal is to teach students to be well prepared to manage interpersonal difficulties and conflict throughout the rest of their school careers and lives.

    Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School

    KMC President, Sally Patchen, met with Dean of School Culture, Maribel Soto, to deliver funding for Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School's Peer Mediation Program!

    Students will learn to evaluate situations and apply the skills learned to resolve situations. These essential skills need to be developed wand will be beneficial in and out of the classroom. Students will be empowered to prevent conflict from arising and encourage discourse over violence. The goal of their program is to increase peer to peer interactions and communication as measured by a reduction in the number of behavior referrals. A second goal for this peer mediation program is an increase in self-referrals.

  • June 10, 2020 2:18 PM | Anonymous


    Kids Managing Conflict believes that Black lives matter and stands as an ally with the Black Lives Matter movement! We are in support of all peaceful protest to bring attention to racial injustice not only for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor but also for the unjust killing of unarmed Black people by police over time. Sometimes I feel hopeless and afraid that nothing will change. However, when I hear the young people that we support talk about what they have done and what they continue to do to create change in their schools, homes, and communities I am reminded of the impact of peer mediation programs. We need unwavering and consistent attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and never become complacent again. James Baldwin said that ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.’ We believe that these students have the tools and the ability to change the world for the better. 

  • May 12, 2020 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    The 3rd Symposium On Kids Managing Conflict Webinar assembled professionals in the field of conflict resolution techniques used in elementary through high schools with an emphasis on peer mediation to share their expertise with you.

    Monday, May 11th, 2020 - Bidyut Bose (BK) Executive Director of the Niroga Institute presenting Dynamic Mindfulness - Dynamic Mindfulness is an evidence-based, trauma-informed program that strengthens stress resilience and social-emotional learning.

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 - Elissa Barrett, Shaune Gatlin, and Arturo Magana from Western Justice Center (WJC) and Mayme Donsker from Tools for Peace presenting Comfort with Conflict: An Interactive Learning Session with Western Justice Center - Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) basics and how to use WJC’s School Tools website, a resource for teaching CRE in the classroom or through distance learning. Tools for a teacher or parent to help kids strengthen their self-awareness, manage their emotions, recognize bias, and become conflict-adept. ABCs of Conflict is designed to teach you how to create and sustain a peer mediation program at your school, how to tackle bias and bullying in your classroom, and how to use restorative justice practices.


    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 - Emily Thompson and Rick Eaton from the Museum of Tolerance presenting Combat Hate  a classroom-based workshop that engages students in critical thinking for decoding and rejecting online hate. This is an online safety curriculum aligned with ISTE digital citizenship standards and based on foundational media literacy skills.

    Thursday, May 14th, 2020 - Karen Crowley-Marks ~ Retired Dean University High School, Rama Kadri ~ Peer Mediation Advisor South Pasadena High School, teacher and advisor to the 18 student leaders who take part in the Peer Mediation Program, Heather Schon ~ Guidance Counselor Palisades High School , Alexis Mele - School Counselor at South Hills High School in West Covina. Peer Mediation at School and Beyond - Peer mediators learn the basics of conflict resolution through their training and experiences helping their fellow students solve issues that arise at school. The same students have the added ability to take these skills home to help solve family conflicts and become an example for their family members and community.

    Friday, May 15th, 2020 10:00 am - Will Hoadley-Brill, Dakotah Lief Hamilton and Sarai Benitez presenting Peer Mediators Tell Their Stories - Peer mediators tell their stories about what inspired them to help their fellow students and the impact the program has had on their lives.


  • January 30, 2020 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    KIDS MANAGING CONFLICT is hosting a Comedy Night Fundraiser! This is going to be a fantastic evening full of networking, laughter, raffles, and prizes. ​ The Headliner Comedian for the evening is up and coming comedian Ethan Howard! Ethan is a 17 year old stand up comedian from Los Angeles who has performed all over the United States. He was one of the Faces of the Future in Ventura Blvd. Magazine in 2019. He was also the winner of SNL's Kenan Thompson's Road to NYW Experience in 2018.

    All proceeds will benefit Kids Managing Conflict DATE: January 30, 2020 TIME: 7pm- 9pm - Doors Open at 630 PM TICKETS: $40.00 in advance; $50.00 at door; SCMA Members receive special pricing of $40.00 per person in advance and $50.00 at the door. College Student pricing $30.00 SHOW TYPE: Stand Up RESTRICTIONS: 18 & Older with ID; 21 and Over for alcoholic drinks Two Drink Minimum Per Person FULL Menu available for purchase LOCATION: https://www.thecomedyunion.com/ Comedy Union 5040 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019 Parking is street parking only with meters active until 8pm weekdays.

    ABOUT: Bring in the New Year right! Join us on Thursday, January 20, 2020 for an evening of comedy, prizes, and more. Laugh your hearts out with young and dazzling comedian Ethan Howard, who will be taking the stage for an unforgettable night. All proceeds benefit Kids Managing Conflict, a 501 (c) (3) so join us on this night out for a very noble cause! ​

  • December 26, 2019 9:15 AM | Anonymous

     

    KMC has given the directors award in the past few years to those who helped to influence and educate mediators in our community. After much deliberation, the board decided to highlight peer mediators.

    KMC is about promoting peaceful conflict resolution to students, so we wanted to hi-light a peer mediator who has had a positive effect on her school and community. That young lady is Sarai Benitez - 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. Wanting to help more, Sarai began to take on more referrals, including from people who felt they had a conflict with themselves. She found that students felt much more safe and comfortable speaking to a peer about their emotions instead of a staff member. By the time she graduated high school, Sarai felt Peer Mediation completely changed her life. Sarai is now pursuing a career in Music Therapy at California State University, Northridge this fall.

  • October 04, 2019 9:18 AM | Anonymous

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.

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Kids Managing Conflict
Address: PO Box 372

Sunset Beach, CA 90742

Telephone: 657-204-4022

Email:  info@kidsmanagingconflict.org

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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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