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Seven New Grants
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In 2022, we were able to award SEVEN NEW GRANTS to schools in Southern California!

Gabriella Charter School
University High School Charter
Environmental Charter High School
San Gabriel High School
Cerritos High School
Palisades Charter High School
Weigand Ave. Elementary School


  • October 11, 2022 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    We are so excited to be part of the annual SCMA Conference held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. We look forward to coming together to hear from some of the best in the mediation field. KMC will have an exhibit table, so be sure to come by and visit us. KMC will also be presenting at the 20 Min. Coffee Break session to present all about our organization, who we are, and how to get involved. To find out more click HERE.

  • October 11, 2022 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    Member Spotlight: Anne Sawyer featured on Mediators Beyond Borders International.

    Click here to read the full article: LINK

  • December 15, 2021 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    After a very rewarding three years as president of KMC, it is time for me to pass the torch to our very capable new board of directors. I am happy to announce that Anne Sawyer was voted in as the new KMC President at our board meeting on December 12th. We also welcomed Emily Dixon as our Secretary and Grant Committee Chair and Andrea Avila as our Treasurer and member of the Grant Committee. Thank you to our other board members, Wendy Kramer and Chuck Ervin. Also to our Communications and Development Supervisor, Madeline Wall.

    I also want to express my gratitude to Ariella Morrison for her faithful service over the past 3 years. Ariella was instrumental in helping us fundraise and Chaired the Grant Committee for many years, which is such an integral part of what we do as an organization. KMC will miss her energy, help, and support.

    I have served on the board for 5 years and so much has changed in that time. Under past President, Maria Simpson, the board grew and thrived for many years. Maria served as President of the SCMA Education Foundation, together with Jason Harper and Julie Ware, were able to get the organization on track and donated the remaining funds from an original grant from Woody Mosten to college libraries for mediation books and other media. When I joined in 2015, we expanded our grant program and were able to start fundraising again. We awarded grants to some community mediation centers, as well as other groups supporting mediation and conflict resolution. In 2017, at the board retreat, we did a lot of soul-searching and decided that we wanted our focus to strictly be on the support of peer mediation programs in schools. That is when Kids Managing Conflict was born.

    Since then, we have hosted the Symposium for Kids Managing Conflict for 3 years, sponsored many trips to the Museum of Tolerance for Southern California Peer Mediators, and continued the Celebration of Peer Mediation. Last year, I was proud to award the first-ever Young Peacemakers Award to Sarai Benitez and this year to Sein Yun and Porter Wade. And a special Peer Mediator Achievement Award to Will Hoadley-Brill, peer mediator and peacemaker extraordinaire, who has been a constant inspiration for what peer mediators become. We expanded our grants to support schools who wanted to start or maintain their peer mediation program and over the past 3 years have donated over $45,000 to Southern California Schools. Of course, this year marked the inception of the KMC Community founded by Sarai Benitez and Will Hoadley-Brill.

    I am very proud of all we have accomplished. None of it would have been possible without the amazing people and organizations who have worked alongside me.

    Special thanks to past board members - Jason Harper, Maria Simpson, Julie Ware, Shaune Gatlin, Betsy Decyk, Mike Powell, and Marvin Whistler.

    Thank you to the advisory board members for their support, Ken Cloke, Joan Goldsmith, Dr. Pamela Kreiser, and Marco and Kathryn Turk. A huge debt of gratitude goes to the Southern California Mediation Association Members, as well as, the Judicate West Foundation for their generous and ongoing support over the past 5 years. Also, to the American Arbitration Association, whose generosity helped us expand our programs and grants to schools. The on-going support of the NCRP program at CSU Dominguez Hills and our partner organizations who value peer mediation as much as we do - APADRC and Western Justice Center.

    I know I am forgetting someone and those who are too numerous to list, so please forgive me. Just know I carry you all in my heart and am grateful for your help, guidance, and support over the past 5 years.

    Please continue your support of this amazing organization as we continue to help support peer mediation.

    With gratitude, appreciation, and love,


  • March 20, 2021 1:43 PM | Anonymous

  • March 01, 2021 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    RECHARGE, REBOOT, AND REIMAGINE: Innovating Peer Mediation

    Week of April 12th-16th, 2021 at 3:30 - 5 PM PST each day

  • December 30, 2020 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    It was my great honor to be sworn in as President of Kids Managing Conflict earlier this month. I am thrilled to be leading such an amazing organization that strives to support and promote programs in K-12 schools that teach students conflict management skills and enrich their lives into adulthood. To further this mission we raise and distribute funds, as well as serve as a resource for those seeking networks and information on conflict resolution.

    As we all are coping and adapting to a pandemic, politics, racial injustice, economic crises, and more, the Kids Managing Conflict team has not only stepped up to these challenges, they have been able to tap into innovation and connection by creating a new Peer Mediator Alumni Team and Online Community https://community.kidsmanagingconflict.org/

    So many times throughout this past year, we found ourselves challenged to navigate a constantly changing path forward. Our normal routines and human interactions felt like they were thrown into a basket and into the air, not really knowing or understanding what will be on the other side of this “normal.”

    Kids Managing Conflict, like many other organizations, had to immediately pivot. We had to move all of our live events online. We had to rely heavily on our own personal conflict resolution skills, as we handled pandemic challenges especially as it related to supporting schools and students who are now being challenged more than ever. Never before in my lifetime has it felt like there is so much uncertainty. Yet, we continue to thrive and grow and it gives me great hope!

    As I step into the role of President of Kids Managing Conflict, I am humbled and cognizant of the needs of our youth. I am experiencing all of these things as a parent as well with my youngest daughter in her sophomore year in high school. It motivates me to be laser-focused on discovering unknown opportunities that continue to keep us together even while being apart. Community is what has gotten me through the last year, albeit virtual, community nonetheless. We discovered we can still connect, even if it was on a different level.

    The KMC team was one of those communities for me and it has been a welcome and much-needed source of connection and unity. I have seen our team pivot and adapt and more importantly, connect in ways we have never expected, nor had the opportunity to do so in the past. I have seen resilience and innovation in a short and challenging time.

    It is motivating and inspiring, giving me great hope we can turn a life-changing situation into new opportunities, one step, and one day at a time. I am taking this opportunity to close out 2020 reflecting, recharging, and rebooting! Then it will be time for all of us to reimagine. In 2021, our team will do just that and continue to reimagine the possibilities for peer mediation in this new terrain. Coming together will be just the beginning! I look forward to connecting, collaborating, growing, supporting, and serving this amazing organization and peer mediation in 2021.

    Happy New Year,

    Anne Sawyer

    "It's Not About What It Is, It Is About What It Can Become." - Dr. Seuss

  • December 01, 2020 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who supported KMC for our Fame night and Giving Tuesday. We raised over $2000 to help support the new KMC Community.

    KMC Giving Tuesday Virtual Family Game Night Fundraiser was SUCH a blast! We had a great time getting to know each other in our team-building exercise and we had a lot of laughs playing bingo, trivia Jeopardy, and a Scavenger Hunt! The KMC Community Executive Board helped facilitate the evening while encouraging peer mediation advocates to register for the KMC Community. We awarded prizes that included KMC merchandise, See's candies and several gift cards! Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. If we missed you on Tuesday, you can still donate now to support Peer Mediation Programs! THANK YOU again to all of our supporters! Kids Managing Conflict is forever grateful!

  • November 05, 2020 2:49 PM | Anonymous
  • September 01, 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    Weigand Elementary School

    KMC President, Sally Patchen, met with Principal Tamara Honegan to deliver grant funds for Weigand Avenue Elementary School's Peer Mediation Program, led by Program Coordinator Rebecca Jones.

    Wiegand's Peer Mediation Program, called the Tiger Club, was created in 2019 by psychiatric social worker, Rebecca Jones. We are thrilled to aid this program for the first time for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Tiger Club brings 4th and 5th-grade students together to discuss active listening, social-emotional learning, and empathy. The peer mediators promote violence-free conflict resolution and healthy communication skills.

    Orange County School of the Arts

    KMC Vice President, Anne Sawyer, and Communications and Development Supervisor, Madeline Wall, met with the Dean of Special Services, Dr. Gregory Endelman, and Student Peer Mediator, Sein Yun, to deliver grant funds for Orange County School of the Arts' (OCSA) Peer Mediation Program.

    Dr. Gregory Endelman will serve as the Administrative Program Coordinator for the Peer Mediation Program. The mission for the program is to provide peer mediation sessions for students that feel comfortable resolving their interpersonal conflicts with other students, rather than adults. Their main goal is to teach students how to resolve their conflicts in a peaceful and effective manner in a safe space.

    Eco Claire Fontaine

    Kids Managing Conflict President, Sally Patchen, met with Ecole Claire Fontaine Principal, Joelle Dumas, to deliver KMC funding!

    Their plan is to use the KMC grant to develop its Social-Emotional curriculum using peer mediation. Students will develop social skills, learn how to name and manage feelings, and build a toolbox of conflict resolution abilities. Their goal is to teach students to be well prepared to manage interpersonal difficulties and conflict throughout the rest of their school careers and lives.

    Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School

    KMC President, Sally Patchen, met with Dean of School Culture, Maribel Soto, to deliver funding for Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School's Peer Mediation Program!

    Students will learn to evaluate situations and apply the skills learned to resolve situations. These essential skills need to be developed wand will be beneficial in and out of the classroom. Students will be empowered to prevent conflict from arising and encourage discourse over violence. The goal of their program is to increase peer to peer interactions and communication as measured by a reduction in the number of behavior referrals. A second goal for this peer mediation program is an increase in self-referrals.

  • June 10, 2020 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    Kids Managing Conflict believes that Black lives matter and stands as an ally with the Black Lives Matter movement! We are in support of all peaceful protest to bring attention to racial injustice not only for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor but also for the unjust killing of unarmed Black people by police over time. Sometimes I feel hopeless and afraid that nothing will change. However, when I hear the young people that we support talk about what they have done and what they continue to do to create change in their schools, homes, and communities I am reminded of the impact of peer mediation programs. We need unwavering and consistent attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and never become complacent again. James Baldwin said that ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.’ We believe that these students have the tools and the ability to change the world for the better. 

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