Delinquency and violence are symptoms of a juvenile’s inability to handle conflict constructively. By teaching young people how to manage conflict, conflict resolution education can reduce juvenile violence in juvenile facilities, schools, and communities, while providing lifelong decision making skills. CARE’s program also combat chronic truancy and reduce the number of suspensions and disciplinary referrals. Reducing staff time spent on discipline and enhancing the self-esteem of participants are additional benefits. Conflict resolution education teaches the skills needed to engage in creative problem solving. Parties of disputes learn to identify their interests, express their views, and seek mutually acceptable solutions. CARE’s program is mostly effective when we involve the families, schools, police and community. If we can only integrate our program into the institutional management practices and the educational curriculum, and are linked to family and community mediation initiatives, we would have less violence.
All too often, small incidents and minor disagreements can lead to serious violence among youth. Unfortunately, many youth believe that when a conflict or disagreement arises, they have no choice but to resort to violence. While conflicts and disagreements are an inevitable part of life, they do not have to lead to violence.
CARE ‘s Conflict Resolution instructors are licensed and certified with years of experience.