Changes: Youth Uniting Community

On Friday, April 26th, 2013 the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center’s Empowering Youth Initiative (EYI) held their event Changes: Youth Uniting Community at San Mateo High School. EYI staff coordinated the event with help from Team S.E.V.E.N. Possibilities from Public Allies. Youth leaders from PCRC’s MANA Program at San Mateo High School and the Emerging Leaders Project (ELP) at South San Francisco, Capuchino, and Jefferson High Schools took the lead in planning the event.

Prior to Changes, EYI staff along with Team S.E.V.E.N. Possibilities held meet-ups and trainings for youth leaders to build community, learn basic event planning and leadership skills, and discuss their aims and goals surrounding the event.

The event had a successful turnout of youth, parents, and school faculty and staff.  In addition, community organizations shared resources and opportunities available in San Mateo County. With the mission of empowering ourselves through art, expression, and knowledge, Changes provided the event’s participants with workshops surrounding different forms of expression, from theater to graffiti to Afro-Latin drumming. To cap off the night, Changes showcased performances and raffled off prizes from local artists and musicians.

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Mediation/Facilitation Community Briefing: The Outcome is in Your Hands

San Mateo, CA, Wednesday, May 22, 2013–Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center will present a thought-provoking panel discussion exploring how “The Outcome is in Your Hands” when it comes to managing conflicts on June 13 at Franklin Templeton Investments in San Mateo. This is the second of four community briefing panel discussions that highlight the expanded strategy of PCRC, who for 25 years has helped neighbors, businesses, and governments work out decisions that benefit all parties.  In this briefing, attendees will learn how mediation and facilitation restore power to the parties to efficiently resolve disputes, improve communication and repair relationships in a variety of settings, as well as ways to utilize and advocate for this alternative.

Panelists for the June 13 briefing are Anne Bers, David Cherniss, JR Gamez and Janet Martinez.  Anne Bers, is Director of Mediation/Facilitation Services for PCRC and expert in the field of Community Mediation and Facilitation and the diverse ways they can be applied. David Cherniss, is a long-time partner and Managing Attorney for Juvenile Mediation Programs & Probate Court Investigations for San Mateo County Superior Court and leader in Mediation in the Juvenile Justice System and beyond.  JR Gamez, Chief of the award-winning Redwood City Police Department, will highlight the number of ways local law enforcement and cities benefit from Mediation and Facilitation.  Janet Martinez, Director of the Gould Negotiation & Mediation Program at Stanford Law School, is an international and domestic expert in conflict resolution system design, bringing delegates from around the world to PCRC.  Sheila Purcell, Director and Clinical Professor of Law at the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution UC Hastings College of the Law and former ADR Director for San Mateo County Superior Court, will moderate the discussion.  Sheila is a past member of PCRC’s Board of Directors and currently sits on its Advisory Council.

The three remaining community briefings include the topics of Mediation and Facilitation, Empowering Youth and Engaging Communities.  The briefings will be held from 4 pm to 6:30 pm on June 13 at Franklin Templeton Investments, a PCRC community partner, and on September 12 and November 14 the briefings are at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Underwriting of the events will come from sponsors and a $25 contribution to attend.

The mission of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center is to foster collaborative engagement by bringing people together, facilitating conversation, and building these skills in our community.  PCRC’s community-building work and all current programs are wrapped into three overarching initiatives: Engaging Communities, Empowering Youth and Strengthening Families.  These initiatives are supported by the organization’s core services in mediation, facilitation and training.  The Engaging Communities Initiative brings together the ideas and voices of all people in our communities and creates opportunities for each of us to have a say in the decisions that affect our lives.  The Strengthening Families Initiative assists parents in utilizing community services, maintaining family relationships, supporting their children’s education and building their leadership skills.  The Empowering Youth Initiative creates opportunities for young people to be ready to live, learn and contribute to their communities.

Visit: for more details about each session and to learn about becoming a sponsor. To find out more about PCRC, contact Sara Randazzo at or 650-513-0330 ext. 305

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Hiring: Manager of Community Mediation Services

The Manager of Community Mediation Services, in collaboration with other PCRC staff,
will realign PCRC’s existing programs and services into the organization’s initiative
portfolios, all supported by the organization’s core services: mediation, facilitation and

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Strengthening Families Community Briefing:Partnering with Education to Strengthen Families

On Thursday April 11, 2013 from 4:00PM-6:30PM, PCRC is excited to present the first of four Community Briefings that highlights its Strategic Initiative, STRENGTHENING FAMILIES.

Local schools play an important role in ensuring positive family outcomes beyond pure academia.  PCRC’s Community Briefing on Strengthening Families will delve into this topic from a variety of perspectives and highlight how these partnerships are one component to building healthy communities.

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Change: Youth Uniting Community

Art ExpressionThe staff and youth leaders of Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center’s Empowering Youth Initiative would like to invite you to “Changes: Youth Uniting Community” a youth and family event meant to immerse all participants in the arts, expression, and the lives of our young people in San Mateo County.

Change: Youth Uniting Community

Friday, April 26, 2013, 5-8 pm

San Mateo High School

Food, music, and entertainment will be provided. Plus, we will have booths to experience different arts and ways to express ourselves like a live street art mural that everyone will get an opportunity to paint, writing and spoken word activities, and others.

How can you get involved?

Come and experience it! – You can bring your youth, parents, coworkers, and anyone else to eat some food, learn about the different projects, and take part in the booths.

Host your own booth! – Does your youth group or agency have an issue or resource that the young people and their families need to learn about? Do you have a fun, interactive way to educate others about it? If that sounds like you, then fill out the simple “booth and performer application” section that is included on the registration form.

Share your art! – We want to exhibit youth and community art whether it is visual, through dance, through word, through theatre. On the registration form, let us know if you have art to exhibit or apply to perform.

Show us your film! – Has your youth group created its own short film (10 minutes) that shows what life is like as youth in San Mateo County and would like to propose it as one of the short films we show during our program to engage in dialogue and expression with the community in attendance? If so, then let us know on the registration form!

If your booth, art, or film is chosen, then we will include your organization and/or group in our marketing material online and in print if selected before our print deadlines.

Please send questions to us! We are more than happy to answer them.  Please contact us at:

jyap’at’ or 650-513-0330.

Changes Partner Invite                       Changes Registration Form


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