PRYSE Partners Offer Free Training
By Gary G. Toms
As a partner in the PRYSE (Project for Rockaway Youth in Safety and Education) coalition, Community Mediation Services (CMS) is currently accepting applications for their second Rockaway Basic Mediation Training session. The training will be held in the PRYSE Community Resource Center, second floor, at 1600 Central Avenue.
The training schedule is as follows: Wednesday, November 7, from 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, November 14, from 6 to 10 p.m.; Monday, November 26, from 6 to 10 p.m.; and Wednesday, December 5, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The training is free for Rockaway residents who are interested in acquiring mediation skills and volunteering at the PRYSE mediation centers. Volunteers who complete the training and apprenticeship program will receive New York State certification.
Community Mediation Services, a leader in mediation, conflict resolution and youth development, is also accepting applications for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 who are interested in participating in the PRYSE sponsored Youth Leadership Council.
Those choosing to participate will have the opportunity to meet other positive young people, learn concrete leadership skills, participate in community projects, and go on exciting trips. Youth demonstrating a commitment to the project will receive incentives and much more, as they make a positive contribution to their community.
Plans are currently underway to replicate the Youth Violence Intervention & Prevention Program, an affiliate of Community Mediation Services, in the Rockaway community. CMS is now accepting applications for youth between the ages of 12 and 15 who have demonstrated some level of aggression in the past or have been deemed "at risk".
The YVIP program integrates individual case management with weekly group workshops to help young people develop increased conflict resolution and anger management skills. Youth participating in the program will attend 15 workshops that address issues such as communication, peer pressure, safe sex and substance abuse.
The program is free of charge, and registration into the program simply consists of a meeting with the parent, child and case coordinator. This program will operate out of the PRYSE Community Resource Center as well.
To obtain more information about any of the aforementioned programs, contact John Harrison at (718) 523-6868, extension 261, or Sherry Jemison at (718) 327-8306.