cityWILD Conflict Resolution

I am excited to share that I spent some of my 10 hours for Conflict Resolution Month creating a new conflict resolution curriculum component for our youth development program at cityWILD!

As part of our program students work on building their outdoor skills. To track the skills they have learned, we have a tiered system. Students can “level up” from basic to intermediate to advanced in a variety of outdoor skills. For example, if students are interested in rock climbing, they first earn a rock climbing “basic” that shows that they have the basic knowledge and skills to move on to intermediate climbing. They then earn their intermediate and ultimately their advanced, with the skill level and knowledge increasing at each level.

I duplicated that model this month and created a Conflict Resolution Basic and Intermediate that students can earn along with their outdoor skills. The basic checkoff card looks like this:

Conflict Resolution Basic

We’ll be adding a Conflict Resolution Advanced soon and hope to have all of our participating students earn their levels in Conflict Resolution this year!

Youth Transformation Center is celebrating it’s Ten Year Anniversary!

Here’s how:
1. We’ve cut the price of our RESTORATIVE JUSTICE training in half this school year for those schools throughout the greater Colorado Springs area who are ready to train 5 people for 5 hours for $99 each. We give away our 2 books, “Taking Restorative Justice to Schools: A Doorway to Discipline” and “Ten Surefire Ways to Transform Troubled Youth” to each participant (a $30 value)!
2. We’re working with 45 “high-risk” students (typically emerging dropouts and students with behavior issues) at Harrison SD-2 Career Readiness Academy. They are learning to resolve their own conflicts with RESTORATIVE JUSTICE in the Youth Transformation Center signature program called “Boomerang” (a metaphor for what you give out comes back to you)!
3. We are planning a huge rollout of the RJ 100 project where we will train 100 schools in the Pikes Peak region in the principles and practices of RESTORATIVE JUSTICE to create that cultural shift that we all are working toward. All educators and parents are welcome to attend.

For more information on our labor of love: www.YouthTransformationCenter.org

World Peace & Other Fourth Grade Achievements

What an exciting opportunity we all have to share our experiences around Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado!

My piece of the puzzle really began with reading John Hunter’s book, “World Peace & Other Fourth Grade Achievements” and taking to heart so many of the integral lessons John teaches us through his personal teaching experiences. I collaborated with his publishers to bring copies of his incredible book to Conflict Resolution Month for a discounted price. Now, with the help of an incredible team of Synergizers, we have been able to share a valuable learning tool with our vast Colorado community. I can’t emphasize enough what a joy it has been to coordinate such an important effort and see (and hear) others enjoy the insightful text, as well as apply its lessons to their own lives. As well, I interviewed the author himself– you can read the interview here: http://peculiarpragmatism.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/world-peace-no-problem-ask-a-4th-grader/

I highly encourage everyone to find their own way to take part in the collaborative effort that is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado! I have had a great experience interning for Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado and gleaning valuable knowledge from working with fellow professionals in the field.

Please share your personal experiences and celebrate the great work we have all done in the community with promoting the peaceful resolution of conflict!

Vermont

In September of last year, I met with the amazing Synergizers of Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado. Inspired and energized I organized and launched Conflict Resolution Month in Vermont. We had a great first year and this year there we are having an amazing response to the outreach. Below is a summary for “What’s On”. As well, I am a new Board member at NEACR and we are working to spread Conflict Resolution Month to all six States of New England!

October 10. David Hartsough, Speaker, Friends Meeting House, Burlington.7PM.

October 11-18th. Canvas Peace Project: Skinny Pancake. Burlington. Opening Reception and Auction, October 18th.

October 17th. “Are You Listening?” An Improv Workshop for Mediators and Interested Professionals or Students. Champlain College. 12:00-1:30

October 21. “Listening for What Matters Most” A One Hour Skill Building Workshop to be held at the Peace and Justice Center, Burlington. 7PM
Date TBA. “Peace is Possible” Workshop based on Non Violent Communication
Date and Times TBA: Conflict Resolution Movie Night, University of Vermont and Vermont Law School.
Date and Time TBA: Peace Pledge Speaker: Edmondite Center for Peace and Justice, Saint Michaels College
Date and Time TBA: Conflict Resolution Skills for Social Change: Opiate Use
Date and Time TBA: Mediation and ADR Processes in Vermont: Rutland Public TV
Book Displays: Champlain College, University of Vermont, Phoenix Book Store, Fletcher Free Library

The following organizations are proud supporters of Conflict Resolution Month in Vermont:
Woodbury Institute at Champlain College
New England Association for Conflict Resolution
Association for Conflict Resolution (National)
Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado
Edmondite Center for Peace and Justice Saint Michaels College
Community Justice Network of Vermont
Center for Student Ethics and Standards, University of Vermont
Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, VT
Vermont Bar Association
Vermont Law School: Dispute Resolution Section

Spreading Like Peanut Butter

What energy there is in Colorado for the new Power of 10 Hours campaign. Everywhere I mention it, people react with enthusiasm and start thinking about what they will do with their hours.
Cary Leher and I had a great adventure going to Steamboat Springs and Ft. Collins to meet with conflict resolvers in those communities. I am so grateful to each person who joined the conversation to explore possibilities. Can’t wait to hear about plans for October.

Last weekend, the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Spirituality Section had a retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center. What a location! What a confluence of energy! Of course, they heard all about the Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado efforts. People from various states are interested in using our model and genuinely appreciate the template we have created.

So, my hours in July have been about spreading the word like peanut butter…. goes so smoothly. Yummy.

Power of 10 Hours

Welcome to our new Power of 10 Hours story page. In the coming weeks and months, this page will be filled with stories of how people, like you, are changing Colorado by investing 10 short hours to promote healthy conflict resolution skills. Check out our new Home page and the full Power of 10 Hour announcement. Are you wondering what to do with 10 hours? Be creative! Engage your friends and family in practical problem solving skills. Read “World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. Contact your local and state representatives and ask them to support October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado. Many more ideas are listed on the Power of 10 Hour announcement page on this website.

Then, once you have exercised those powerful, Colorado changing 10 hours, let us know what you did, what happened, how it felt, and when you are going to do it again. Share your story with the rest of us and be part of the movement that is inspiring Coloradans to be the most civil state in the union.

We look forward to hearing from you.