The disputants in a mediation session learn to deal with conflict by negotiating a resolution which suits their needs. The major lesson learned is how to take responsibility not only for one's own actions, but the resolution of the problem as well.
The peer mediators are scheduled during their free time to mediate conflicts between students. An adult coordinator supervises the peer mediators and is the advisor for the program.
The long range goals of a peer mediation program are to provide the school with an alternative method of resolving conflict that can become an integral piece of the problem solving strategies already in place within the school environment.
The program also provides leadership training for students largely selected by their peers, who will be seen as role models for the school, and who will then have the ability to resolve their own conflicts in constructive ways.