PHS has a new group of students ready to help their classmates resolve conflict. On January 12th & 13th, 12 students were trained as Peer Mediators by Tajae Gaynor, School Mediation Supervisor, of the Westchester & Rockland Mediation Center. The students learned the process of mediation and participated in games and role playing, to help them gain a better understanding of what it takes to be a mediator.
The new peer mediators, mostly sophomores and juniors, represent the diversity found in the student body here at PHS. They understand the pressures and challenges many teenagers face everyday in and outside of school, and understand that conflict can ruin friendships, tarnish reputations, and also interfere with your academic life. The new peer mediators will lead mediation sessions between students, under the observation of Ms. Campos, while remaining neutral and respecting the privacy of their fellow classmates.
And though some of the students never knew each other before becoming mediators, they all came together for the common goal of helping their peers and learning valuable life skills that they will use throughout their lives.