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Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Online Mediation for Youth and Schools

by Clare Fowler, Jonathan Rodrigues

May 2021

How can we best support the development of online mediation and online mediation training for youth and in our schools?  This Youth and Schools 2-hour Forum builds upon the 2-day "Young Minds, Global Voices Online Conference." 

Online Mediation Training for Youth and Schools
Hosts: Clare Fowler and Jonathan Rodrigues

How can we best support the development of online mediation and online mediation training for youth and in our schools?  

This May 28 Youth and Schools 2-hour Forum follows and builds upon the May 15-16 "Young Minds, Global Voices Online Conference

New Mediators' Guidance from May 15-16 Youth Conference
by Jonathan RodriguesClare FowlerMaria ApostolidouIlan David BassAmee DharamshiMelanie KochNisshant LaroiaBenjamin LutzGwendolyn MyersOlivia Chisom OsualaLydia RaySumhiya  SallayJay Patrick SantiagoSalman Shaheen
This article summarizes the Young Minds, Global Voices Conference. This conference was sponsored by Mediate.com in an effort to hear from newer mediators. These 6 sessions comprised up and coming thought leaders from around the globe, forming a brain trust for how to create peace in ourselves, our community and our world.  

Presentation Materials from the Forum:

New Voices in Dispute Resolution
Introduction to Task Force


Full Forum Video: 


Additional Resources:


Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Recommended Standards for School-Based Peer Mediation

Peer mediation can be a successful approach to managing interpersonal con?ict in elementary and secondary schools. These programs provide a unique opportunity for diverse students to use communication, human relations, and problem-solving skills in real-life settings. Effective programs can help to create a safe and welcoming school environment, improve interpersonal and inter-group relations, and assist in reducing school con?icts and violence, especially when part of a comprehensive violence prevention plan.

Click to download Recommended Standards for School-Based Peer Mediation Programs
(Adobe PDF File)


Additional topics raised by registrants for consideration:

  • How can we best support the development of online mediation and online mediation training for youth and in our schools?  
  • What about online mediation and online mediation training in higher education?
  • How do we best market online mediation and online mediation training to local schools?
  • How does online mediation apply to Special Education mediation?
  • How is online mediation currently being used in schools?
  • As to peer mediation post-pandemic, how do we re-incorporate mediation as a priority when teachers are so burdened with catching up on curriculum?
  • What are tips for engaging parents in a conflict with school staff and administrators?
  • I am hoping to get guidance on youth mediation - not youth being trained to mediate peers, but mediating 2 youth/students/siblings that have issues they can’t get past.

Clare Fowler is Executive Vice-President and Managing Editor at Mediate.com.  Clare received her Master's of Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, focused on reducing workplace conflicts, from Pepperdine University School of Education. Clare also coordinated the career development program for The Straus Institute dispute resolution students. In addition to her editorial duties at Mediate.com, Clare coordinates online case management for ADR programs, agencies and courts.


Jonathan Rodrigues is a member of the MediateIndia! Advisory Board.

Jonathan is a lawyer and mediator, leading the Online Mediation and Corporate Relations verticals at CAMP – Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice, in Bangalore, India. Jonathan is also engaged as Guest Faculty at MNLU Mumbai, at its newly launched post-graduate course in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

Jonathan is trained and accredited as a Mediator by the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation (IIAM), Cochin. He is also a certified civil and commercial mediator with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), affiliated to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (Govt. of India). He is trained and certified in facilitating cross-border family disputes by the summer academy hosted at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Jonathan has trained with SCMA London and Singapore International Mediation Institute as a Mediation Lawyer.

He is currently awaiting his LL.M. degree, pursuant to studying Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow / UK. Jonathan is the co-founder and advisor at The PACT.

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