CRE Organizational Profile
Type of Organization: Non-governmental - Non-Profit
Home Country: United States
The mission of CRU Institute is to teach young people effective, peaceful ways to resolve conflict and to develop understanding, respect, and the ability to cooperate with others in a multicultural world. CRU Institute teaches young people conflict resolution skills and encourages understanding and awareness of cultural differences. We help schools and other youth organizations establish structured mediation programs where students act as mediators for other students in dispute. Our goal is to teach young people that differences are not to be feared, but respected, and that working cooperatively to problem solve is an important life skill.
Since 1987, we have developed complete sets of training materials. These include manuals for training peer mediators at elementary, middle and high school levels. CRU also has both elementary and secondary manuals developed for use in the classroom. This allows the entire student population to learn how to “Be their own mediator”. We have also developed a manual to teach parents mediation skills. Our newest program, CRU for K-2, introduces young children to cultural awareness, anti-bullying, and problem solving through five beautifully illustrated animal stories and other learning exercises.
In addition, we have produced training videos for elementary students (Everyday Conflicts, Creative Solutions made possible by a grant from Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities) and The Blue Eraser (2005). Videos for secondary students include (Rumors, Conflicts, Resolutions, winner of Silver Medal, New York Festivals) and Everybody’s Talking (2005). Some videos are available in Spanish and English. Our video, Names, about diversity issues, conflict and mediation, was produced in Los Angeles in 1997. Our newest video, Changes is about ‘acting white’ and focuses on a conflict between an African American boy and his girlfriend.
To date we have established peer mediation programs in over 500 schools and our materials have been distributed throughout the United States and in numerous countries around the world.
We plan to produce a DVD, funded by JAMS Foundation, dealing with bullying and harassment issues in schools. The release date is set for fall, 2011.
Name: CRU Institute
Type: Non-governmental - Non-Profit
2330 130th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA, 98005
Voice Phone: 1-800-922-1988 or 1-425-869-4041
Contact person: Nancy Kaplan
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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