Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Student Interns Assist with Victim Impact Panels

During the spring semester several students completing internships as a part of the Certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution program gained hands-on experience working with youthful offenders in the CDR’s Juvenile Victim Impact Panel (VIP) program.

The VIP program utilizes storytelling, dialogue, and reflection to help youth understand and internalize the impact that crime has on individual victims, their family and friends, and their community. Student interns working with this program served as both room monitors (ensuring youth followed ground rules and stayed focused during the program) and as facilitators, explaining the details of the program and encouraging dialogue and reflection. Students witness first-hand the power of the program in helping youth internalize how their actions affect others. Tyler Scales, a student intern working with VIP, explains: “Working with VIP has been the best part of my internship with the conflict resolution center. I love to watch the transformation the kids go through from being apathetic about being in the program to not wanting to leave. Working with VIP is a great experience because you get to see results.”

For more information on the Victim Impact Program for youth, offered by the Center for Dispute Resolution, visit http://www.missouristate.edu/cdr/VIP.htm

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