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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


  • May 12, 2020 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    The 3rd Symposium On Kids Managing Conflict Webinar assembled professionals in the field of conflict resolution techniques used in elementary through high schools with an emphasis on peer mediation to share their expertise with you.

    Monday, May 11th, 2020 - Bidyut Bose (BK) Executive Director of the Niroga Institute presenting Dynamic Mindfulness - Dynamic Mindfulness is an evidence-based, trauma-informed program that strengthens stress resilience and social-emotional learning.

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 - Elissa Barrett, Shaune Gatlin, and Arturo Magana from Western Justice Center (WJC) and Mayme Donsker from Tools for Peace presenting Comfort with Conflict: An Interactive Learning Session with Western Justice Center - Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) basics and how to use WJC’s School Tools website, a resource for teaching CRE in the classroom or through distance learning. Tools for a teacher or parent to help kids strengthen their self-awareness, manage their emotions, recognize bias, and become conflict-adept. ABCs of Conflict is designed to teach you how to create and sustain a peer mediation program at your school, how to tackle bias and bullying in your classroom, and how to use restorative justice practices.

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 - Emily Thompson and Rick Eaton from the Museum of Tolerance presenting Combat Hate  a classroom-based workshop that engages students in critical thinking for decoding and rejecting online hate. This is an online safety curriculum aligned with ISTE digital citizenship standards and based on foundational media literacy skills.

    Thursday, May 14th, 2020 - Karen Crowley-Marks ~ Retired Dean University High School, Rama Kadri ~ Peer Mediation Advisor South Pasadena High School, teacher and advisor to the 18 student leaders who take part in the Peer Mediation Program, Heather Schon ~ Guidance Counselor Palisades High School , Alexis Mele - School Counselor at South Hills High School in West Covina. Peer Mediation at School and Beyond - Peer mediators learn the basics of conflict resolution through their training and experiences helping their fellow students solve issues that arise at school. The same students have the added ability to take these skills home to help solve family conflicts and become an example for their family members and community.

    Friday, May 15th, 2020 10:00 am - Will Hoadley-Brill, Dakotah Lief Hamilton and Sarai Benitez presenting Peer Mediators Tell Their Stories - Peer mediators tell their stories about what inspired them to help their fellow students and the impact the program has had on their lives.

  • January 30, 2020 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    KIDS MANAGING CONFLICT is hosting a Comedy Night Fundraiser! This is going to be a fantastic evening full of networking, laughter, raffles, and prizes. ​ The Headliner Comedian for the evening is up and coming comedian Ethan Howard! Ethan is a 17 year old stand up comedian from Los Angeles who has performed all over the United States. He was one of the Faces of the Future in Ventura Blvd. Magazine in 2019. He was also the winner of SNL's Kenan Thompson's Road to NYW Experience in 2018.

    All proceeds will benefit Kids Managing Conflict DATE: January 30, 2020 TIME: 7pm- 9pm - Doors Open at 630 PM TICKETS: $40.00 in advance; $50.00 at door; SCMA Members receive special pricing of $40.00 per person in advance and $50.00 at the door. College Student pricing $30.00 SHOW TYPE: Stand Up RESTRICTIONS: 18 & Older with ID; 21 and Over for alcoholic drinks Two Drink Minimum Per Person FULL Menu available for purchase LOCATION: https://www.thecomedyunion.com/ Comedy Union 5040 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019 Parking is street parking only with meters active until 8pm weekdays.

    ABOUT: Bring in the New Year right! Join us on Thursday, January 20, 2020 for an evening of comedy, prizes, and more. Laugh your hearts out with young and dazzling comedian Ethan Howard, who will be taking the stage for an unforgettable night. All proceeds benefit Kids Managing Conflict, a 501 (c) (3) so join us on this night out for a very noble cause! ​

  • December 26, 2019 9:15 AM | Anonymous


    KMC has given the directors award in the past few years to those who helped to influence and educate mediators in our community. After much deliberation, the board decided to highlight peer mediators.

    KMC is about promoting peaceful conflict resolution to students, so we wanted to hi-light a peer mediator who has had a positive effect on her school and community. That young lady is Sarai Benitez - Sarai first became involved with Peer Mediation her junior year of High School, after she had gone through traumatic bullying. In her first year, she mediated over 50 students with her fellow mediators, earning her new problem solving skills, and deepening her compassion. Wanting to help more, Sarai began to take on more referrals, including from people who felt they had a conflict with themselves. She found that students felt much more safe and comfortable speaking to a peer about their emotions instead of a staff member. By the time she graduated high school, Sarai felt Peer Mediation completely changed her life. Sarai is now pursuing a career in Music Therapy at California State University, Northridge this fall.

  • October 04, 2019 9:18 AM | Anonymous
  • April 25, 2019 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    2019 Symposium on Kids Managing Conflict

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

    The California Endowment, 1000 Alameda Street

    Downtown LA next to Union Station

    A day-long conference for everyone interested in giving students the life skills in conflict resolution and mediation they need for academic, personal, and professional success.

    Last year's conference was a great success!

    Great Ideas!

    Lots of energy!

    We need a longer conference!

    And we’re building on that success.

    This year’s conference includes:

    • a Keynote Panel on the wide variety of conflict resolution programs available, how they differ, and what to look for in choosing the right program for your school.

    • sessions focusing on starting and sustaining a program, including why and how programs end and the impact on the students and school of losing a program.

    • information on documenting the nature of conflict, type of resolution, and impact so that the value of the program is measured and can be presented in fund-raising efforts.

    • open discussion on shared best practices.

    • exhibitors who will explain the wide variety of available programs and provide gifts to attendees.

    • a panel of current and past Peer Mediators to discuss the impact of being a mediator while still in school and as a professional in any area.


    KMC is honored to have Ellen Pais, past CEO of Los Angeles Education Partnership as the keynote speaker.

    Ellen’s lifelong involvement in improving schools makes her the expert on why conflict resolution programs are so important to personal and professional success. They are also vital to creating educational equity so that all students have the same skills with which to manage their social/emotional behavior and can avoid the early disciplinary actions that can misdirect their energy and activity and interrupt their educational lives.

    Ellen will have a great deal of valuable information for us to take back to our schools.

    Sponsor an attendee for the day $75 Donate Here

    Register here

  • April 17, 2019 9:21 AM | Anonymous

  • March 28, 2019 9:23 AM | Anonymous
    KMC is excited to again sponsor the FREE trip to the Museum of Tolerance for peer mediators in Southern California Schools. We will provide free admission for your confirmed student mediators and $100 toward transportation. This trip is always a profound experience for the students who attend. See what one middle school student had to say about it.
  • March 13, 2019 9:24 AM | Anonymous


    Have you ever wanted to tell the world how being a peer mediator has changed your life? Have you ever wanted to be an influencer on social media that spreads positivity about the things that matter most?

    Well, here’s your chance!

    Kids Managing Conflict (KMC) is holding a contest for peer mediators to voice why they think that peer mediation is awesome! All you have to do is make a video no longer than 2 minutes, #vlog, #selfie, or #creative and describe what Peer Mediation means to YOU and how being a mediator has affected YOUR life, school, or community in a positive way!

    A $200 prize will be awarded to the winner. We will be presenting the winner with a check at the Celebration of Peer Mediation at USC on May 16, 2019. The winner and their parents will be our guests that evening for the award. (You do not have to be present to win).

    The Contest Rules:

    Start off by following @kidsmanagingconflict on Instagram and using #kidsmanagingconflict

    1. You must be a current peer mediator enrolled in school in Southern California

    2. All entries must have your name, school, and grade in the video. Only one video entry per person.

    3. Videos are to be a maximum of 2 minutes long. (Any submissions longer than 2 minutes will not be accepted). The more creative the content the better as long as you explain what peer mediation means to you

    4. You must follow @kidsmanagingconflict on Instagram (if you have an account)*

    5. You must post video on Instagram with #KMCContest2018

    *If you don’t have Instagram, no problem! Please email your video submission to scmaef@gmail.com!

    Submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm on 4/25/2019, at 12:59pm. The winner will be announced on May 1, 2019.

    The KMC Board of Directors and members of the advisory board will judge all submissions. The decision of the judges is final.

    All submissions become the property of Kids Managing Conflict and may be used on the KMC website, in newsletters or other communications. Students may ask that they be identified only by their first names if they prefer.

    Please submit questions to: scmaef@gmail.com

  • March 01, 2019 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    We are honored to have them help coach and guide us as the organization continues to grow and thrive.

    Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center of Dispute Resolution, and a mediator, arbitrator, consultant, and trainer, specializing in resolving multiparty conflicts and designing dispute resolution system for organizations for almost 40 years. He is the author of Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; Resolving Conflicts at Work: Ten Strategies for Everyone on the Job; Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflicts: Stories of Transformation and Forgiveness; The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey Toward the Heart of Conflict; Conflict Revolution: Designing Preventative Systems for Chronic Social, Economic and Political Conflicts; The Dance of Opposites: An Exploration into Mediation, Dialogue and Systems Design, and several others. His book, Politics, Dialogue and the Evolution of Democracy: How to Discuss Race, Abortion, Immigration, Gun Control, Climate Change, Same Sex Marriage and Other Hot Topics was published in Fall 2018.

    He holds BA and JD degrees from UC Berkeley, and PhD and LL.M. degrees from UCLA. He did post-doctoral work at Yale, is a graduate of the National Judicial College, and teaches at USC, Pepperdine University, Southern Methodist University and Saybrook University. He was founder and first President of Mediators Beyond Borders.

    Meet Joan Goldsmith

    Joan Goldsmith, M.A., Doctor of Humane Letters, has been an educator, facilitator, coach, mediator and organizational consultant with public and private sector organizations for over forty years, specializing in leadership, board development, organizational change, team building, strategic planning, collaborative negotiation and conflict resolution.

    She was the founder of Cambridge College, an undergraduate and graduate school for adult professionals. She became a family therapist in the late 1960’s, and was a member of the faculty at Harvard University, where she directed the Masters of Arts in Teaching program. She is an adjunct faculty member Southern Methodist University and Pepperdine University Law School, Straus Insitute and has been an adjunct professor at UCLA, Antioch University and Tokyo University Medical School.

    She is a Life Trustee of Cambridge College and Chair of the Board of Theatre Comique. She is a founding Board member of Mediators Beyond Borders and has been a member of the boards of the National Coro Foundation, The National Teachers Network, Mar Vista Family Center and Deaf Self-Help. She is founder of Women Writers: Finding Ones Voice and A Woman’s Renaissance: Coming into One’s Own. She has been a consultant in strategic planning and leadership development for major global corporations, including Deutche Bank, Viacom, Morgan Stanley, Verizon and Del Cabo Farms. She has been an advisor and consultant to school districts and teachers unions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark, Albuquerque, Chicago, Santa Barbara, New York City, and Newark.

    As an expert on leadership development, she has coached executives of corporate and non-profit organizations in skill development and advised on programs, strategies and initiatives in their organizations. Since 2001 she has been the creator, director and teacher of a program: Women Leaders: Creating Ourselves at the Crossroads. Women leaders from many countries and diverse roles have attended sessions in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Tucson, Park City, Baltimore, Edinburgh, London, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Harare, Zimbabwe. This Program has been offered for academic credit at Southern Methodist University, Tokyo University Medical School; and Cambridge College.

  • January 14, 2019 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Kids Managing Conflict, SCMA Education Foundation receives $15,000 donation from the American Arbitration Foundation on November 3, 2018.

    KMC was honored to receive a very generous donation from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) on November 3, 2018 at the SCMA Fall Conference. The donation was a surprise and we were so excited to be the beneficiary of this amazing gift and it will go along way in helping our organization to support existing and new peer mediation programs in our schools. We would like to formally acknowledge and Thank India Johnson and Michael Powell from AAA for their acknowledgement of our work.

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