Mediator Application Form for the ReEntry Mediation Institute of Louisiana
The ReEntry Mediation Institute of Louisiana (REMILA) has ongoing recruitment of applicants to be professionally trained mediators for our program. Selected applicants will receive a free 50-hour professional mediation training and be compensated for mediating cases between incarcerated people and their loved ones inside of Department of Corrections facilities. To learn more, visit, www.reentrymediation.org . Space is limited to twelve mediators per training cohort.

The program aims to decrease recidivism rates and improve a person’s transition home from incarceration with the sustainable support of positive relationships with loved ones. We envision a world where all people can come together to understand and respect each other and have the opportunity to collaboratively plan for their own life transitions.

REMILA taps into the resources indigenous to the community, strengthens these connections, and allows for collaborative transition planning, involving the inmate and their family members. The Re-Entry Mediation Institute of Louisiana creates a unique opportunity for a person who is incarcerated to sit down face-to-face with a loved one in a confidential space inside a correctional facility to make a plan about their own re-entry.


SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants must be able to fulfill the following requirements and commitments:
- Lives in Louisiana
- Commit to serving at least two (2) years as a mediator
- Available and committed to mediating AT LEAST five (5) cases per year. Mediations take place throughout the week at various times. We try to schedule mediations as quickly as possible once a case is referred, so mediators must have enough flexibility to do a mediation with about 4-7 days’ notice.
- Attend the mandatory 50-hour training, which will take place over six (6) days,
- Attend at least four (4) professional development sessions throughout the year, which take place from 6:00-9:00pm on weekday evenings

Other characteristics desired in applicants include:
- Empathic communication and listening skills
- The ability to hold space for intense emotions
- The capacity to demonstrate competence, composure and neutrality (open to hearing others’ opinions and perspectives and an ability to put aside one’s own biases)
- Comfortable with constructive feedback and ability to learn a new process with patience and humility
- In assigning mediators, we seek to match the demographics of our mediators to that of the participants as much as possible, so we seek to recruit mediators with the greatest diversity and range possible of gender, age, race, ethnicity, language, education, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background.

People with conviction histories or experience with the criminal legal system are highly encouraged to apply.

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A MEDIATOR

Initial 50-Hour Training
REMILA has developed a comprehensive 50-hour training program, which prepares participants to mediate existing and potential conflict. Training is interactive and hands-on and includes a strong focus on role-playing and coaching to develop the mediators’ skills. The twelve selected mediators will first attend the mandatory 50-hour training in March and April (see dates above), in which they will become trained in all aspects of the program, our model of mediation, and how to mediate a case from start to finish. The training is facilitated by Tracee Ford, one of the country’s top mediation trainers, who serves as the Director of Quality Development at Community Mediation Maryland and has more than 20 years of experience as a mediator and facilitator. REMILA offers the training at no charge to ensure that our mediators reflect the community’s diversity with regard to age, race, income, education, gender, and ethnicity. The training is valued at $2,500 per trainee.

Professional Development
In-service mediation training is provided every month, in which mediators develop and practice their skills through role-playing, skill-building activities, debriefing challenges and discussing successes from their cases. The Program Director provides feedback and support to mediators on an ongoing basis.

PLEASE NOTE: REMILA provides extensive mediation training that is valued at $2,500 per person, free of charge. In return, active participation in the program - which means being available to mediate at least 5 cases per year and attending 4 in-service trainings, as listed in the selection criteria above – is required. Before applying, please carefully read the “What to Expect as a Mediator” section and determine whether your schedule and other commitments will allow you to be an active participant in the program given the timing, locations, and turn-around time for scheduling mediations. We have only 12-16 spots in the program, so we ask for your honesty about your commitment and availability to be a REMILA mediator. Mediators who do not fulfill their commitment can be required to pay back the value of the training on a prorated basis.

Employment and Compensation
Mediators will be compensated $100 per two-hour mediation session and reimbursed for travel/mileage expenses. As additional funding becomes available, full-time mediator (40 hours a week) positions will be made available to those who have completed the training.

CONTACT
For more information about the program, please visit: www.reentrymediation.org.
For any questions, please contact REMILA's Mediation Coordinator, Karron Williams, at MediationCoordinator@ReEntryMediation.org
Email *
What is your first and last name? *
What is your address? Applicants must reside in the state of Louisiana. Geographic diversity is important to us. *
What is your phone number and the best time(s) to call you? *
What is your email address? *
Please check any of the following that apply to you: *
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In selecting and assigning mediators, we take into account participant and mediator demographics as evidenced as a best practice in community mediation. We seek to recruit trainees with the greatest diversity of gender, age, race, ethnicity, language, education, sexual orientation, conviction history, and socio-economic background. The following information is optional but you are invited to share if you are willing to help us meet our diversity needs. Please share as you are able about your gender, age, race, ethnicity, birthplace, other identities, highest level of formal education, past or current types of employment. *
What is your current occupation and place of employment? *
How many hours per week do you currently work at your job (if applicable)? How flexible is your schedule? *
Though it is not mandatory nor necessary, please share about any prior training or experience you have in mediation, conflict resolution, reentry, or active listening. *
How did you learn about the ReEntry Mediation Institute of Louisiana? *
Can you commit to serving as a paid mediator from for the next two years on an as-needed basis? *
What other commitments and responsibilities do you have (other work, volunteer activities, family, school, involvement in other organizations, etc.)? How many hours per week is your commitment to them? In what ways might they limit your availability to mediate cases? *
How many hours of paid work can you currently dedicate to the program? How many do you anticipate to have a year from now? *
Which of the following days and times would you be available next week if a 4 hour mediation session (including commute time) were scheduled? Check all that you are available for next week. *
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Are you able to attend at least four professional development sessions throughout the year that would likely take place on weekday evenings from 6-9pm? *
Why do you want to become a mediator with REMILA? *
What skills do you have that would make you a good mediator? *
What experiences do you have with conflict resolution (in your family, your life, relationships, organizations, associations, etc.)? *
Have you ever participated in a mediation or restorative justice session of any kind before as a participant or a mediator? *
What experiences have you had in the community that you think might prepare you to serve as a good mediator in this program? *
What , if any, community organizations or reentry work are you currently involved in? *
What experiences with the carceral or criminal legal system have you had that you think might prepare you to serve as a mediator in this program? *
What do you think about the current state of the carceral system (policing, prosecution, incarceration), and reentry services in our state? *
Mediations take place in various Department of Corrections facilities across the state of Louisiana. Mileage reimbursements are available. Do you have a reliable mode of transportation to get to mediation sessions in prisons or jails? *
Please list any languages other than English that you speak. *
References: Please give us the name, relationship, email address, and phone number for two people who are familiar with your skills (relational skills, listening skills, conflict resolution skills, mediator skills). *
If selected, I will commit to a minimum of five (5) mediations per year, which requires that I have the flexibility and commitment to mediate cases that take 3 hours and typically take place Monday through Friday, 9:00am-7:00pm, and are scheduled with 4-7 days’ notice. *
I could commit to a minimum of two (2) years to the ReEntry Mediation Institute of Louisiana. *
Do you need any special accommodations for the training (such as sign language interpretation, ADA accessibility, dietary restrictions, frequent breaks, etc.) *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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