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My name is Sarah Male and I am an intern at The Conflict Center. I have been an intern since mid-August 2013 and I will be continuing my internship here through the spring semester. I am a student at Community College of Denver, getting my Associate degree in Human Services. I found this small non-profit through my father who has worked with nonprofits for 30 years and knows Ron Ludwig, The Conflict Center’s Executive Director.
The work The Conflict Center does is outstandingly superb. The staff here really tries to do their best in creating peace in peoples’ lives, as well as in schools. One of the programs they do here is Social Norming with teens in high schools to prevent dating violence, and they also have a program called Reading for Peace. Interns and volunteers from The Conflict Center go to elementary schools and read to first through fifth grade students about creating peace and not bullying.
The Conflict Center also offers classes like Transforming Anger and Conflict into Allies (TACA), a class that teaches anger and conflict management skills to adults. I recently finished TACA and it was a good class. We learned how to manage anger better, and techniques to help solve conflicts. Each week of class we would come in and share how our week was, the challenges we faced, and if we were able to use any of the skills we had learned. It is important that we learn how to manage our anger and use it well. I encourage people to take this class.
Throughout my school semester I have participated in trainings for Playground Conflict Management with elementary schools, Restorative Justice, and Classroom Management. I have also gone to schools with the other interns and staff members to assist with Reading for Peace and Playground Conflict Management. I am also helping with client intake and program evaluation activities, which is good because it is important to keep accurate records and to measure the impact that The Conflict Center’s classes have on participants’ lives.
I feel really lucky that I am an intern at The Conflict Center, where they try and change lives and make peoples’ lives better. After I finish my Associate degree, I will continue my education and get my Bachelors in Social Work or Public Policy. I want to help people and change lives and change the world. We need peace. I am not sure what the future will bring me next year but I hope to make a difference to these kids and teens here at The Conflict Center.Read More
The Board of Directors of the Conflict Center endorses Amendment 66 which is on the ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in the State of Colorado. The Conflict Center does not typically take positions on electoral issues UNLESS the issue is one that directly impacts our mission, our work, or our clients. Amendment 66 directs that tax increases will be specifically channeled to classrooms and that proportionately more funds go to schools with high enrollments of students who are at risk of academic failure, defined—at least in part—as students eligible for free or reduced lunch or who are English language learners. This is consistent with the emphasis of the Conflict Center of serving youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
While the Conflict Center actively supports Amendment 66, we encourage voters to examine this topic and form their own opinions. Click here for an analysis of the issue by EdNews Colorado. EdNews does not take a position for or against the Amendment but offers a good review of what the Amendment does and the arguments put forward by the major groups supporting and opposing the measure.
The Colorado Nonprofit Association (which has also endorsed Amendment 66), is sponsoring a series of free information sessions across the state in partnership with the Rose Community Foundation. These sessions are designed to answer voters’ questions on Amendment 66 and provide access to resources that voters may use to educate themselves on this proposed legislation. Click here to register for an information session or access CNA’s educational resources on Amendment 66.
We encourage our friends and supporters to seriously study Amendment 66 and to consider voting yes on this ballot measure.Read More
If you ask parents, almost all of them are afraid that they are not good enough. Sometimes it feels like they are just winging it. Trying to figure out what worked last time and repeating that strategy until it fails. Many parents start off by reading all the books about child development and learning what to do for their child as they grow from birth. Yet they stop once their children can talk, ask for their needs and begin to communicate.
In fact it is just as important to understand your child’s development at all ages in order to know normal behaviors and respond with effective parenting practices.
The Conflict Center is offering tips and skills for discipline that helps. Many parents think they have to maintain a distance between themselves and their children to establish parental authority, at the sacrifice of their relationship with their kids, or they go too far in the other direction and show care only about the relationship without enforcing rules and consequences. Our Smart Parenting class offers parents a way to discover and practice skills that will improve their relationships with their children while peacefully managing troubling behaviors. The Conflict Center has been teaching effective, non-violent skills to manage discipline and conflicts for over 25 years and we are pleased to re-launch our Smart Parenting class series. Learn skills and parenting tips for discipline that helps not hurts. Determine whose problem it is before you discipline. We know families that solve problems build stronger relationships. This six class session discusses topics such as: Parenting with the end in mind; Choices and the “v” of Love; Effective decision making; What to do when your kids drive you crazy; Emotional intelligence and anger management strategies, Goals of youth misbehavior and family skill building.
Take advantage of a grant from the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund to access these classes at a reduced rate of $30 per person (regularly $150). Sign up today online at www.conflictcenter.org or call (303) 433-4983.