Mediation is peers helping peers to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. Staff and student mediators are trained mediators by PaxUnited. Mediators have no power to enforce anything and will not judge or take sides. The qualifications of effective mediators are strong communication skills and must present themselves as positive role models. All mediators are trained in the beginning of the school year and must maintain exceptional citizenship. Mediation is a part of Freire’s culture, where students feel comfortable taking teachers and students to mediation. Mediation reduces the number of discipline referrals and physical altercations.