High school students, counselors attend Youth Peer Mediation Conference

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Former Suns player, Nick Sheppard, with students, counselors and faculty from high schools around Arizona at the annual youth peer mediation conference. (submitted photo)

The 18th Annual Youth Peer Mediation Conference, sponsored by the Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution, a 501(c)(3) organization, was held Nov.  4 at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley.

Approximately 200 high school students from around Arizona and thirty plus high school administrators and counselors attended mediation training programs given by 47 experienced mediators who volunteered their talents for the day.

The AACR event was supported by contributions from the Arizona Bar Association, Arizona State University, Wilenchik & Bartness, PC, Nussbaum, Gillis, & Dinner, PC, Diann Wilson, and Kevin and Karyn Osterman.

The event began with a joint session and a presentation by Nick Sheppard, a former player with the Suns and Lakers.

Mr. Sheppard inspired his listeners with life stories exemplifying the ability of people to overcome situations where all the odds are against you and the message from society is that you will fail. Focus, hard work, determination, faith, and family all played important parts in beating the odds, for Mr. Sheppard.

The AACR is committed to the continuation of the Youth Peer Annual Conference to teach non-violent conflict resolution to our most vulnerable population, to assist schools who wish to develop or modify existing school peer mediation programs, and to it efforts to educate the public about mediation .

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