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Community Mediation Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Media Contact: Lorraine Williams, 828- 631- 5252; mmsbryson@mountainmedition.org

Mountain Mediation Services offers training in Community Mediation, May 23 -25, 2017 in Franklin, NC.

Mountain Mediation Services is offering its Community Mediation Training on May23rd– 25th.  In this 21-hour training, participants learn the mediation process and are equipped with the tools needed to effectively deal with conflict and develop productive resolution.  You will learn practical skills that will help you resolve conflicts you might have at work, in your neighborhood or with family members.

The training is being held at the First United Methodist Church of Franklin, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin, NC.  The number of participants is limited and space must be reserved by Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The tuition fee of $250 covers instruction plus manuals, handouts and refreshments.

The course meets the certification standards of the Mediation Network of North Carolina. Upon completion of the three-day course, those who wish may work toward becoming a Certified Mediator, and may receive up to a full refund of their tuition fee in exchange for volunteering.

Volunteer mediators become members of a two-person mediation team and resolve conflicts between individuals referred by our court system. This is a very rewarding process that lasts from one to two hours.  The commitment, both in time and frequency, is strictly up to the volunteer.   Volunteers may also choose to become involved with the agency’s conflict resolution program at our area middle schools or with family or business mediations.  Volunteers care about the process and the results and see that they truly make a difference in people’s lives.

Call Lorraine at 828-631-5252 or email mmsbryson@dnet.net for more information to register and reserve a spot.

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Family Fun Day

Bridges to Peace

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Bridges to Peace Family Fun Day

MOUNTAIN MEDIATION SERVICES “BRIDGES TO PEACE” FAMILY FUN DAY

Mountain Mediation Services will host the “Bridges to Peace” Family Fun Day event on Saturday, April 29th at Jackson Country Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a variety of activities for all ages. A minimum donation of $1 per person is requested for admission to the event. The Jackson County Recreation Center is located at 88 Cullowhee Mountain Rd., Cullowhee. NC 28723. There will be inflatables, games, relays, and interactive and educational events that focus on educating children and parents about bullying – recognizing it, preventing it, and addressing it! B & Al’s Grill of Sylva will also be hosting a food truck and serving their famous hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries.

Mountain Mediation Services is a local non-profit agency that serves the seven western counties of North Carolina. This community-wide event aims to promote peace throughout the region, with an emphasis on bullying prevention among school-aged children.

Thanks to support from the following community sponsors for making this event possible!  Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Awaken Health & Fitness, Dream Catcher’s Fishing Supply, Frosty Bites Frozen Yogurt, Charles Wolfe State Farm Insurance, United Community Bank of Sylva.

Raffle tickets will also be available, with a top prize of a 3-night stay at an oceanfront condo in Myrtle Beach.  The second prize is a fishing rod and reel combo from Dream Catcher’s Fishing Supply.  Additional prizes include gift certificates and prize packages from the following local businesses:

·       Awaken Health & Fitness

·       Baxley’s Chocolates

·       City Lights Café

·       Kosta’s Restaurant

·       Motion Makers

·       Survival Pride

Please mark your calendar to come out, have some fun, and support Mountain Mediation Services in its efforts to combat the bullying in our community!

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Juvenile Mediation Program

stop bullying - yellow signsRecent Haywood School Cuts endanger Bullying Prevention Program!

Haywood County Schools is in danger of losing Bullying Prevention and Conflict Resolution Trainings our organization provides to over 1,100 youth each year! According to the NC Center for Safer Schools, Bullying is reduced by 50% in schools where bully prevention programs exist. This program targets Middle School Youth and supports them in addressing bullying behavior when it occurs.

This week’s Mountaineer in Waynesville, NC ran an article about the loss of funds for this valuable service. http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/bullying-prevention-officials-worried-for-haywood-students/1538499

Want to help support this program? Contact our Waynesville office at 828-452-0240 or email   mmswaynesville@dnet.net to find out how you can help!

MMS’ Juvenile Mediation Program Begins its Second Year in Haywood County!

Mountain Mediation Services is beginning its second year of Restorative Justice (RJ) Programming. Known as the Juvenile Mediation Program, the services cover a wide array of situations where one or more youth have made decisions that harm themselves, others, and the community.  Restorative Justice addresses all three aspects of the youth’s actions, enabling them to think though the consequences of their actions and decide on solutions to restore the harm.

When mediation is helpful:

Great tool to resolve:

  • School fights
  • Bullying
  • Conflicts on the bus
  • Conflict at community and school events

Below is an example of how Restorative Justice Practices compare with our traditional Justice System’s approach to criminal actions:

Restorative Justice                            

  • What is the nature of the harm resulting from the crime?
  • Who is responsible for the repair?
  • What needs to be done to “make it right?”

Traditional Judicial System

  • What laws were broken?
  • Who did it?
  • What should be done to punish or treat the offender?

Supported through prevention and court diversion funds, Juvenile Mediation utilizes Restorative Justice Practices to help youth move forward and learn from the past. Here’s what some of our participants had to say:

“The circle really helped me with my anger. I got to know the other students and I don’t think I’ll be fighting on the bus again, because of the project we did together.”

-Student, age 15

“My daughter was suspended for fighting on the bus. She got behind in her school work and was stressed out. The mediation program helped calm her down and think about other ways of handling her conflicts.”

-Parent

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Get Involved in Mountain Mediation Services in 2016!

Volunteers Positions Available for 2016!
Come join the Mediation Team in the Mountains of WNC.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Volunteers are the life of MMS! Volunteers do great work and assist with everything from mediation to bullying prevention trainings for local youth. They also assist with bookkeeping, committee work, fundraising, office assistance and any number of tasks. We’re looking for that special person who loves to help others feel appreciated for the wonderful work they do!

Social Media Volunteer:
We are in the process of updating our website and developing social media venues to keep the public informed of what’s happening at MMS. We’re looking for a couple of volunteers to assist with creating a Facebook page and assisting with upkeep. Help us keep modernizing our outreach at MMS! If you are interested or know the perfect person for this job, please get in touch!

Speakers’ Bureau Participants:
One of our talented volunteers is organizing MMS’ Speakers Bureau. We need special volunteers who want to be trained in a consistent presentation to talk to Rotary Clubs, Civic clubs, Church Groups, and others to keep our services in the public eye in each community.

Other Jobs:

  • School Trainers for bullying prevention, peer mediation and conflict resolution
  • Jackson and Macon Assistants for District Court Intake
  • Mediators
  • Serving on our Committees (see below.)

Committee Opportunities! The MMS Board is actively seeking members to join the following committees:

  • Publicity & Marketing-Helping our communities understand our services
  • Development & Fundraising-Planning revenue streams and fund raising strategies to help provide affordable conflict resolution services in our communities
  • Programs-Improving our services and exploring new avenues of programming aligned with our mission
  • Finance-Provides oversight and ideas for sound bookkeeping and financial practices
  • Board Development-Identifies board recruitment strategies and works with the board to find the right people to represent MMS in our local communities
  • Please let a staff member know if you would like to participate in a committee and the committee choir will contact you with additional information.

MMS WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS.
THEY HELP MAKE ALL THIS POSSIBLE!

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2015 Grand Prize Raffle Winner Visited the Beach!

Brittany Ensley, this year’s Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Beach Get-Away Raffle! Brittany visited Myrtle Beach in March to use her 3-day prize. Brittany’s Grandmother, Tribal Court Employee, Jane Owle, purchased the winning ticket for her last summer.

“We had a fabulous time,” Brittany reported after her trip. “The view was AMAZING! We also got to see the mystery cat that you are not supposed to feed. Lol!”

Jane-Owle

Jane Owle and Brittany Ensley (granddaughter)

This is the 4th year Mountain Mediation has held the Beach Raffle. “We were so pleased when Brittany’s ticket was drawn,” said Lorraine Williams. Executive Director of the nonprofit Mediation Center. “Jane has always been a wonderful person to work with in the Clerk’s Office at Tribal Court. I couldn’t wait to tell her she had one.”

Other raffle winners included John Riehl of Waynesville who won two hours of live music by a local ensemble known for their Sudanese Gamelan performances, and Attorney Rob Hensley of Franklin, winner of a $100 gift certificate to Frog’s Leap Restaurant in Waynesville.

The $1,500 raised in this year’s raffle sales will go to support mediation services, bullying prevention efforts, and conflict resolution trainings.

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Training in Community Mediation, May 24, 25, and 26, 2016

Mountain Mediation Services is offering its Community Mediation Training on May 24, 25, and 26th. In this 21-hour training, participants learn the mediation process and are equipped with the tools needed to effectively deal with conflict and develop productive resolution. You will learn practical skills that will help you resolve conflicts you might have at work, in your neighborhood or with family members.

The training is being held at the First Baptist Church of Sylva, 669 W. Main St. in downtown Sylva, NC. The number of participants is limited and space must be reserved by Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The tuition fee of $195 covers instruction plus manuals, handouts and refreshments.

The course meets the certification standards of the Mediation Network of North Carolina. Upon completion of the three-day course, those who wish may work toward becoming a Certified Mediator, and may receive up to a full refund of their tuition fee in exchange for volunteering.

Volunteer mediators become members of a two-person mediation team and resolve conflicts between individuals referred by our court system. This is a very rewarding process that lasts from one to two hours. The commitment, both in time and frequency, is strictly up to the volunteer. Volunteers may also choose to become involved with the agency’s conflict resolution program at our area middle schools or with family or business mediations. Volunteers care about the process and the results and see that they truly make a difference in people’s lives.

Call 828-631-5252 or email Sharon at mmssylva1@dnet.net for more information to register and reserve a spot.

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MMS Welcomes Members at Planning Retreat

Mountain Mediation Services Board, Staff, and Committee Members attended the annual planning retreat on January 29, 2016.  Four new board members participated in the retreat and are pictured below with Alan Sheinfeld, a volunteer mediator from Haywood County who served on the organization’s finance committee.

New Board Members include: Dick Olson, Retired Physician from Sylva; Joe Root, Mediator & Retired Patent Attorney from Waynesville; Jon Parson, Retired Human Services Director from Waynesville; John Balentine, Graphic Designer, Western Carolina University from Cullowhee. Alan Sheinfeld (center, back) is a retired CPA from a family law firm.  He enjoys mediating and assisting with court intakes in the Waynesville Office.

L-R: Dick Olson, Joe Root, Alan Sheinfeld, Jon Parsons, and John Balentine.
Pictured L-R:
Dick Olson, Joe Root, Alan Sheinfeld, Jon Parsons, and John Balentine.

 

 

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This Year’s Fall Beach Raffle-More Ways to Win!

Get-Away to Myrtle Beach this fall!This year’s 2015 Fall Beach Raffle features additional prizes for more chances to win. In addition to the Grand Prize Winner’s choice of 3 nights at the beach in a condo that sleeps 6 people , three other prizes are part of this year’s raffle.  Check out www.beachcolony.com for information about the Myrtle Beach Condo where the Grand Prize Winner will be enjoying the ocean view.  Other prizes include: an afternoon sailing adventure for 4 on custom-built 21’ wooden, gaff-rigged, sailing sharpie built the captain; music performed by an Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble for the winner’s outdoor party, and a $100 gift card for Frogs Leap Public House in Waynesville featuring award winning craft brew and delicious food.  Scroll down to see a detailed description of each prize.  Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 tickets for $12.  Combined the four prizes are over $1,000 in value.

Raffle tickets are available at the following locations: Attorney Bradley S. Tisdale’s Office at 26 Iotla Street in Franklin, NC; City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, Jack the Dipper in Sylva and Waynesville; United Community Bank in Bryson City; MMS’ Waynesville Office in the Haywood Justice Center, Room 1100; Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Tickets are also available at Cherokee Tribal Court from Jane Owle, Tribal Clerk of Civil Court, and Carol Long, Tribal Drug Court Coordinator.

Proceeds support mediation services, bullying prevention efforts, and conflict resolution trainings. Mountain Mediation trained over 1,200 youth last year in local schools impacting students from Haywood to Swain County. Mediation is available for interpersonal disputes between neighbors, family members or businesses in the community. For mediation referrals, contact MMS at 631-5252 or 452-0240. The drawing will be held August 16th at MMS’ Volunteer Appreciation Picnic in Clyde; attendance is not required to win.

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