Services for Youth

The Mediation Center helps youth build interpersonal skills and learn strategies for peaceful conflict resolution to help them get back on track at home, school, and in the community. Our services for youth include mediation (between peers, children and parents, or student and teacher/authority figure, etc.), individual and small group Guided Problem Solving conflict resolution skill-building sessions, and group programs to teach interpersonal and conflict resolution skills. 

Youth Mediation

At The Mediation Center, we provide a wide array of mediation services, including mediation for youth. When youth are involved in a conflict with a peer, teacher, parent, or community member, mediation can help resolve the conflict at hand while also building skills in conflict resolution, moral reasoning, and anger control. More than 90 percent of youth who participate in mediation resolve their conflict and stick to the agreement.

Commonly mediated conflicts involving youth include physical fights, verbal disagreements, interpersonal conflicts, hurt feelings, property damage, parent/teen conflict, teen/teacher conflict, theft, and friendship problems.


Guided Problem Solving

The Mediation Center offers Guided Problem Solving, a one-on-one and small group service for youth who meet “at risk” criteria. Qualifying youth work with a professional to develop skills in conflict resolution, anger control, problem solving, and moral reasoning through structured activities and conversation. 

During Guided Problem Solving, a mediator or trained facilitator meets with youth for between 8 to 12 sessions. At the beginning of the process, youth develop goals related to ongoing challenges or desired skills. Over the course of the Guided Problem Solving sessions, the youth and facilitator work to accomplish goals, build skills, and/or address specific issues, challenges, or conflicts. 

Guided Problem Solving can help youth improve their academic performance, school attendance, peer relationships, parent/teacher relationships, and frequent suspensions. Youth must meet risk criteria to participate in Guided Problem Solving services. 

If you are a referring professional, please email youth@mediatewnc.org to learn more about risk criteria or our Guided Problem Solving services. 


School Attendance Mediation

School Attendance Mediation is an essential resource for students, families, and schools who struggle with school attendance or “chronic absenteeism.” Chronic absenteeism occurs when a student misses more than 10 percent of school days. There are many possible contributing factors to chronic absenteeism. Through School Attendance Mediation, students, families, and school representatives work with a trained mediator to (1) identify the underlying causes of chronic absenteeism, (2) build a relationship between the family and the school, (3) devise a plan to address the low school attendance and (4) assemble the resources needed to support the student to improve attendance in getting back on track

We offer School Attendance Mediation in Transylvania County. We aim to increase attendance outcomes and decrease chronic absenteeism. School Attendance Mediation is an effective, non-punitive approach that creates a space for students, parents, and school representatives to speak honestly about obstacles to attendance without fear of judgement or punishment. The mediation process establishes a stronger relationship between families and schools, creating a better network of support for students.

The goal of School Attendance Mediation is to co-create a plan for the student that helps them overcome their obstacles to school attendance. In many cases, School Attendance Mediation serves as an opportunity to connect students and families with existing resources. Through the mediation process, as needs are accurately assessed, new and useful connections can be made between families and the community resources and services needed for student attendance.


Youth Leading for Peace

At The Mediation Center, we believe that conflict resolution skills are essential for everyone. We offer a classroom-based program to help youth improve their relationships with peers, parents, teachers and community members. Strong relationships improve school attendance, school success, and reduce conflict at home.

Our Youth Leading for Peace program teaches conflict resolution skills to youth. We believe that these groups equip youth with the skills they need to build strong relationships and peacefully resolve conflict. 

Groups in Transylvannia and Henderson Counties are welcome to request this service.


Get In Touch

To learn more about The Mediation Center’s services for youth, contact us at youth@mediatewnc.org.