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As part of the Community Mediation Center Grant Program, the MA Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) in FY 2014 awarded four community project grants on youth violence/conflict prevention under a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework, which includes peer mediation and other youth-focused conflict resolution in schools, communities, and/or families. Four community mediation centers from across Massachusetts were awarded $34,000 to carry-out these projects in partnership with a municipality/municipal entity. An example is the project by Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC) in Cambridge, who in partnerships with the Cambridge Police Department and the Department of Human Services has so far trained 38 at risk youth in grades six, seven and eight to address conflict in a constructive, non-violent way. The project intends to train a total of 200 students by June 30, 2014.

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series.