School-Based Programs

Special Education Mediation

This program allows schools and parents to come together to sort out differences on a child's education plan. Often less stressful than an impartial hearing, this process allows all parties to be heard and to work together to develop a plan that is in the best interest of the child. Requesting and attending mediation is a part of your due process rights. If mediation does not settle the issues, it does not prevent you from continuing with other forms of due process such as an impartial hearing.…read more.

For more information, please contact Katie Cole, Associate Mediation Manager, at (718) 947-4035 or by email at

Truancy Mediation

Truancy is often a symptom of a deeper problem. Truancy mediation provides the student, the parents and the school with an opportunity to work together to develop a plan that assists the student in getting back on track in school and at home.


Peer Mediation (High Schools and Intermediate Schools)

Students are trained to mediate among their peers and encourage those in conflict to seek mediation before a conflict escalates to violence, thereby reducing violence in schools. New York Center offers mediation training to both teachers and students and offers ongoing mediation support for this program. Peer mediation sessions take place at the student's school using trained and experienced student mediators.


Young Adult Mediation

This program provides an opportunity for young adults in junior high school and high school to address conflicts with their peers that arise either within or out of school, before they turn into physical violence. These sessions usually take place at our center, but have also been held at other convenient locations. The mediators are staff of our center or trained volunteers.


Parent/Teen Mediation

Mediation has proven to be a useful tool in settling conflict between parents and adolescents. It can improve communication and help both parents and teens learn how to "fight better" so that everyone wins.

For more information on school related mediations please contact:

  • Elizabeth Bonici, Assistant Director, Conflict Resolution Services
  • Tel:  (718) 947-4036
  • Email: