06/13/2018 – NSCMC’s Board of Directors welcomed, Jorge Lopez, District Aide and Veterans Liaison for Congressman Seth Moulton, to tonight’s Board meeting. Mr. Lopez generously shared his time and important congressional initiatives and spoke passionately about his work with constituents and in particular veterans in the area. The Center will be sponsoring our 36-Hour Basic Mediation Training in July. In honor of Tom Gale, a NSCMC member, mediator and active veteran who passed away suddenly this year, the Center is offering a scholarship for a veteran in his name. Mr. Lopez and other staff in the congressional office are helping the Center identify a veteran who is interested in this opportunity. The training is available to all residents in the area and provides skills that are valuable in the workplace, community or home. Pictured below is Jorge Lopez joined by Cynthia McClorey, Executive Director (left) and Sandy Sheckman, Board President (right).
04/26/2018 – Peer Mediators’ Forum Focuses on Soft Skills to Build a Competitive Edge
North Shore Community Mediation Center held its 15th Annual Peer Mediators’ Forum at the Danversport Waterfront. Thanks to the following sponsors: Derek Sheckman Foundation, Dick Langworthy, National Grand Bank of Marblehead, Marblehead Bank and People’s United Bank, over 120 middle and high school student mediators gathered for inspiring words and activities from keynote speaker, Al Duncan. Mr. Duncan is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher and an internationally recognized authority on soft skills. He is the publisher of DuncanNuggets.com a resource center packed with free videos, articles, and activities on character development and soft skills. DuncanNuggets have been used in hundreds of schools and youth serving organizations. Duncan has spoken to more than one million youth around the world. His expertise has earned him the President’s Call to Service Award and the National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award.
As a result of growing concern about student conflict, schools across the country are taking new measures to enhance the safety and wellbeing of students and faculty. Peer mediators are students who help their classmates resolve conflicts. The peer mediators help participants listen to each others’ story, identify key wants and needs, and generate options to end the dispute. Students from the following schools participated in the day long Forum: Amesbury Middle and High Schools, Andover High School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, Greater Lawrence Technical School, Lowell High School, Marblehead High School, Salem Academy Charter School, and Triton Regional High School.