The Youth Mediation Program is designed to divert youth from the Criminal Justice System. Mediation is a restorative process that provides an opportunity for the victim to meet the offender in a safe space to resolve a conflict assisted by a trained mediator. The models used are victim-offender mediation and basic mediation. Using these models, juveniles are diverted from court, but held accountable for their actions.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential and structured conflict resolution process where disputing parties meet with one or two trained, impartial mediators to talk about their concerns, listen to each other and develop solutions that work for both parties. The mediation process empowers disputing parties by allowing them to actively participate taking full responsibility for resolving their concerns.