Youth Services

Our youth programs offer students opportunities to learn and practice constructive problem-solving and social/emotional skills that are the foundation for better academic performance, healthy behaviors, positive interpersonal and intergroup relations.

Youth violence is a national public health priority.  Youth services are designed to reduce and prevent acts of frustration and violence among young people by providing education and real-time experience with positive, effective alternative dispute resolution strategies.

We offer nationally recognized Peer Mediation Programs and a comprehensive array of Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) workshops, training and curricular modules.

Peer Mediation

Peer Mediation is an early intervention violence prevention program through which students learn to address conflict by practicing concrete, positive skills as alternatives to verbal and physical violence. Student mediators learn how to help their peers peacefully resolve disputes, ultimately contributing to safer school learning environments. These skills become integral to their experience and behavior.

Students learn ways to achieve understanding through analysis, active listening and joint problem-solving. The Peer Mediation
curriculum includes a core 24-hour training, focusing on mediation skills and conflict resolution education. Students meet monthly to learn new techniques and discuss challenging issues they encounter in mediation.

Our staff works with school administrators to ensure that the Peer Mediation Program supports the school’s social development and academic goals for its students, and that it is aligned with school discipline and safety protocols.



  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn problem-solving techniques applicable to situations beyond the campus
  • Become role models for their peers
  • Enhance self-esteem


  • Are empowered to solve their own problems
  • Are committed to (and invested in) making their solutions work and last
  • Assume greater personal responsibility
  • Learn to share their feelings honestly and search for positive ways to meet their real needs


  • Focus more time on teaching and student learning
  • Spend less time settling student disputes, decreasing pressure to be constant disciplinarians
  • Report an improvement in school climate

Conflict Resolution Education

CMP provides Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) seminars and workshops as well as training and consultation on how to set up effective programs for schools, school districts and youth-serving and other community-based organizations.

Conflict Resolution Education is a critical element in preventing everyday conflicts among youth from escalating into violence.

Through CRE, youth address issues such as peer pressure, cultural differences and bias awareness, bullying and cyber-bullying and conflict in personal relationships. They learn positive communication, anger management and cooperative problem-solving skills.

CMP offers a range of conflict resolution training and consultation services for educators, administrators and youth-serving organizations.

Sample topics include:

  • Conflict Management Programs and Interventions for use in schools and organizations
  • Culture and Communication in Conflict Situations
  • Conflict Resolution Skills & Techniques
  • Training for Conflict Resolution Educators/Trainers

Schools and organizations CMP has worked with include:


  • Audubon Middle School
  • Carson High School
  • Challengers Boys & Girls Club
  • Dominguez High School
  • Lincoln Middle School
  • Maclay Middle School
  • Redondo Beach Union High School
  • Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
  • Santa Monica Youth Oriented Policing Initiative


  • Carnegie Middle School
  • Centennial High School
  • City of Carson Department of Public Safety, Youth Services
  • John Adams Middle School
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • MOSTE (Motivating Our Students Through Experience)
  • Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club
  • Santa Monica Police Activities League
  • Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) Education Centers


Tips and Hot Topics for Parents

Connect with your teen:

Open lines of communication are critical to effective conflict prevention and resolution between parents and their children. Start by understanding how well you know your son or daughter by regularly talking about things that are important to them.

Some questions to ask may include:

  • What is your teen putting most of his/her energy into right now?
  • What personal issues has your teen been trying to resolve?
  • What daily hassles irritate your teen?
  • Who has the most daily influence on your teen’s thoughts and behaviors?
  • Who are your teen’s three closest friends?
  • Who would your teen confide in first if there were a serious problem?
  • What is your teen’s attitude about his/her body?
  • What does your teen consider to be his/her greatest strengths?
  • What does your teen consider to be his/her greatest weaknesses?
  • Who or what does your teen consider to be his/her biggest enemy?
  • Who are your teen’s heroes?
  • What is your teen’s favorite time of the day?
  • What are your teen’s favorite:
    • Movies?
    • Childhood stories?
    • Hobby or pastime?
    • Song, band or singer?
    • Books?
    • Television shows?
    • Websites?

Tips and Hot Topics for Schools

Youth Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) have the strongest, most positive impact when the adults on campus model, and the whole school environment supports, constructive behaviors. On this page you will find tips on topical issues and tools to help school staff assess your campus environment.

Understanding basic human needs is foundational to effective conflict resolution. With thanks to the Fairfax County Public Schools, we offer these examples of needs that are common to students and educators (and probably all people):


  • To be treated with respect
  • To have your privacy respected
  • To have your family be respected
  • To have your friends be respected
  • To be with your friends without feeling embarrassed
  • To state my opinion while respecting others
  • To explain how you feel without being told you are wrong


  • To be understood
  • To be friends with the other person
  • To not feel left out
  • To have friends
  • To stay open to being friends later
  • To feel like you belong at school


  • To be able to feel safe and comfortable
  • To be able to avoid a fight
  • To have a respectful distance from each other
  • To not be bothered physically
  • To have your friends be protected
  • To have your property be undamaged
  • To have your property respected
  • To be left alone


  • To be able to trust each other
  • To be able to trust him/her
  • To feel like s/he trusts you
  • School performance
  • To stay out of trouble at school
  • To do well in school
  • To be able to have fun at school without getting in trouble


  • To be treated fairly
  • To have an equal voice
  • To not be treated differently because...