Most recently, CNVS has taken its message into many venues where middle- and high-schoolers can learn a different way: teaching conflict transformation in health classes in Worcester Public Schools, teaching young men about Healthy Power at Sullivan Middle School and teaching students at University Park High School to be peer mediators.
CNVS Education Coordinator Sam Diener has the word on why teaching nonviolent solutions, and communication, to middle schoolers is so important.
CNVS seminars teach students new ways of creating a culture of mediation and nonviolent resolution.
CNVS educators use role playing to teach students new ways of dealing, but also new ways of talking, and a consciousness of how they speak to one another and resolve - or leave unresolved - some conflicts.
While bullying is often done in groups, CNVS courses teach students to form anti-bullying "posses," groups of students who will help each other stand up against violence and bullying.
To help adults help kids, CNVS received a grant from Massachusetts Humanities to teach a graduate course centering on recent world conflicts that were resolved without resorting to war.
While teaching nonviolent solutions to teachers and students is a large part of what CNVS does, it isn't the only part.
board member John Paul Marosy stated in his presentation of the award that "at the heart of the program are the Peace Circles, a Native American tool historically offered to negotiate, educate and problem solve.