Community Mediation Service Corps (CMSC)
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AmeriCorps Community Mediation Service Corps 

The Community Mediation Service Corps (CMSC) is a partnership between the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) and several non-profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRC) across the state of New York. Our goal is to help foster supportive local communities for youth by delivering high quality dispute resolution services to youth and families.

 

Primary Objectives

1.    Support the social-emotional development of youth

2.    Support youth engagement and connectedness both in school and in the community

3.    Support the development of parenting plans for separated families

In the 2019-2020 service year, CMSC is proud to partner with 11 CDRCs across New York state to host 21 AmeriCorps members.  Local programming at the CDRCs which members are placed is developed in response to the unique needs of the communities CDRCs serve. Our members serve in one of the following three specialties:  

 

School Based Conflict Resolution Specialists develop and implement conflict resolution services in schools.  Members, in collaboration with their host sites, are responsible for publicizing the program; educating school staff and faculty; students; and families about the available services; handling intake for all cases; and facilitate or co-facilitate all conflict resolution interventions.  Interventions are selected by each school and can include mediation, peer mediation, conflict management training, conflict coaching, restorative practices, and attendance mediation.  Closely tracking and analyzing data, Members develop reports for stakeholders and continually monitor the effectiveness of services.

 

CDRC Based Youth Services Specialists serve multiple schools and/or support juvenile justice initiatives. Members, in collaboration with their host sites, are responsible for publicizing the program; educating school and community stakeholders including students and families about the available services; handling intake for all cases; and facilitate or co-facilitate all conflict resolution interventions.  Interventions are selected by each school and or community partner and can include mediation, peer mediation, conflict management training, conflict coaching, restorative practices, and attendance mediation.  Closely tracking and analyzing data, Members develop reports for stakeholders and continually monitor the effectiveness of services.

 

Family and Custody Visitation Service Specialists serve at the CDRC host site conducting case intake, scheduling, and participant preparation prior to mediation.  Members also co-mediate cases with experienced volunteer mediators, conduct post-mediation follow-up, collect party demographics (required), and enter cases into CLM.