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Conflict, differences, and misunderstandings happen to everyone. However they are particularly prevalent in the formative years of a young person’s life.  Through experiential learning, we utilize interactive activities in our youth offerings so participants can learn and apply new skills in their lives. Classes and camps are conducted in a group format, which allows youth to learn from one another’s diverse experiences. Each person who completes our class gains an understanding of how conflict can be used as an opportunity for growth and problem solving.

Leadership Opportunities

Now Hiring FOUR Youth Advisors

Did you ever think, “They should have asked a young person for advice on how to make this worth my time!” Do you think you have what it takes to be that young person giving advice? We want you! Help us develop youth programming including our upcoming YOUth Leadership Academy summer camp. We are looking for youth ages 15-17 to help create a more appealing, interesting, relevant, and engaging program for other youth.

YOUth Leadership Academy

Maybe you’re already a leader in your school or your community and you want to develop your skills. Maybe you haven’t ever had a leadership role, but you’re curious and want to be prepared for the future. Maybe you just want to enhance your interpersonal skills. Whatever your role, plans, or skill level, there is a place for you in the Conflict Center’s YOUth Leadership Academy! Join 5-7 other youth for this exciting, interactive program.

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Addressing Conflict & Anger Effectively

Addressing Conflict and Anger Effectively for Youth offers a skills-based curriculum specifically tailored to address concerns and difficulties youth are experiencing around making healthy decisions for themselves as well as how to recognize their emotions, especially anger, and manage them in healthy, effective ways. Classes are conducted in a group format, which allows students to learn from one another’s diverse experiences. Each person who completes our class gains an understanding of how conflict can be used as an opportunity for growth and problem solving.

Your abilities will be transformed as you:

  • Find ways to cool down when angry
  • Identify your feelings and needs when you’re angry
  • Discover realistic alternatives to arguing and fighting
  • Recognize personal anger triggers
  • Identify your conflict styles
  • Explore ways to problem solve using the 6-step method
  • Effectively negotiate with others to get needs met

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Upcoming Classes & Opportunities

YOUth Leadership Academy

With the Conflict Center YOUth Leadership Academy, you’ll learn the skills to become a better leader in your school and in your community. As a leader, conflict is an inevitable obstacle and power dynamics are always present. However, we know that great leaders can utilize conflict as an opportunity for growth and connection and build leadership that promotes power within.

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What Youth Are

“`[I learned]` that anger is natural and the way you handle it has different effects.”

“[I learned] how to be patient and think before doing things.”

“I will take away everything and all of it is valuable because it can help me in everyday situations.”

Q&A

The Conflict Center understands that throughout a child’s development, parents/guardians play a critical role in the development of social and emotional skills. In recognition of this, we have built a parent-involvement component into our youth classes. Parents or guardians participate in half of the class sessions, focusing on family communication and skill-building.

 

We strategically keep the classes between 5 and 10 participants. We find that this class size allows participants to comfortably share their story in a small group, while still being able to receive feedback and guidance from instructors.

 

In practice, positive youth development incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies, so that young people reach their full potential.  This practical lens depicts youth and young adults as resources to cultivate, as opposed to problems to fix, and is dependent upon the use of the following guiding principles: strengths-based approach, inclusive of all youth, engages youth as partners, collaboration and sustainability