Special Programs & Grants
Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program
In 2016, the JAMS Foundation, which provides financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact, and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) announced their next track of the Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program (Program). JAMS/NAFCM stated purpose was to “fund the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation center services.” The 2016 track was focused on “being a part of a preventive strategy to assist communities and community members to navigate cultural differences.”
JAMS/NAFCM awarded only five mini grants throughout the entire United States. The Neighborhood Justice Center (NJC) was one of the grant recipients. The NJC’s grant application proposed reaching out to the LGBTQ community to develop strategies designed to reduce discrimination, oppression, and disenfranchisement experienced by their members. Since the grant was awarded, the NJC has worked to refine its proposal and will direct ongoing efforts toward youth and young adults age 13 to 24 who are dealing with bullying, harassment, and other types of discrimination, to achieve narrative change.
During 2017, the NJC will work with The Center, a Nevada 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established to support and serve the needs of the LGBTQ community and other community partners, to conduct listening sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to gain direct input from LGBTQ youths and young adults, government agencies, and service providers on the best way to effect narrative change throughout the community.
UNLV Boyd School of Law Mediation Clinic
Mediation is increasingly utilized by practicing attorneys as an alternative to the expensive and lengthily litigation process. Mediation is frequently incorporated in a clinic or practicum format for law students in order to provide them with training and real life experience in this alternative dispute resolution process.
Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic at the Boyd School of Law is one of the top-ranked clinical law programs in the nation. In the Mediation Clinic, students mediate a range of disputes, helping parties communicate and explore mutually beneficial resolutions. Law students may complete an intensive training in mediation skills with the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center (NJC), which includes theories of conflict, negotiation strategy, and mediation techniques.
Law students are exposed to different models of mediation to gain an understanding of how to adjust their mediation approach according to the setting they are in and the clients with whom they are working. Students observe mediations and have the opportunity to conduct mediations at the NJC. Students participate in the clinic for one or two semesters. More information about the Mediation Clinic is available at Lydia.firstname.lastname@example.org
As the NJC moves forward with this work, progress updates will be posted on this website and may be followed on Twitter @NAFCM.