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Students from Six JPS Schools Take Oath to Serve as Peer Mediators

November 18, 2019

TAP Mediators
TAP mediators from three JPS secondary schools took the Mediator Oath of Service administered by the Hon. Denise Owens (left, 2nd row). Also present for the ceremony were JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene and Chief of Staff Dr. Michael Cormack (right of Owens) along with principals of the six schools represented and Climate & Wellness Executive Director Amanda Thomas (right, 3rd row).

Several JPS middle and high school students who have been selected to serve as peer mediators for their schools participated in an induction ceremony October 29 at Blackburn Middle School. Students from Blackburn, Kirksey, and Whitten Middle Schools were inducted along with students from Callaway, Jim Hill and Wingfield High Schools. The Mediator Oath of Service was administered by Judge Denise Owens.

The students are part of Talk About the Problem, or TAP, a peer mediation and conflict resolution program. TAP is used in JPS schools to reduce student conflicts, suspensions and expulsions. As an added benefit, it increases the communication and leadership skills of the mediators. Student mediators are trained to counsel their student peers in conflict with the aim of helping them reach mutual resolutions. The program empowers students to stop conflict in their school communities as well as in their neighborhoods.