This June, Cleveland Mediation Center celebrated our 35th anniversary!
CMC was established in 1981 as the Community Youth Mediation Program (CYMP), which was centered on resolving conflicts of the near-west side youth. During that time CYMP trained over 500 neighborhood residents in conflict resolution, and mediated over 2000 youth-related community conflicts. In 1992, the agency’s name and mission statement changed, creating Cleveland Mediation Center. Since that time, we have been providing our community with mediation and conflict resolution services and trainings.
CMC staff has continually developed new ideas about how conflict resolution skills and mediation could be used in Cleveland. Since our inception, new program areas have included the Homeless Prevention Project in 1996, Neighbor to Neighbor dispute resolution, Truancy Prevention through mediation, the Shelter Diversion program, Client Grievance Review and High Conflict Customer Service training for staff who work in shelter, and Landlord/Tenant mediation and Eviction Prevention. Click here to read more about our programs!
More recently, we have been working with veterans who are facing eviction, and we have been providing advanced mediation training as well as training for our Diversion Program, which is recognized nationally as a best practice, to nearly 30 counties, nonprofits, and other service providers around the country in the last two years.
We have come a long way in 35 years, and we could not have done it without the support of our funders, partners, staff, board, and community! To all who have given time, energy, or financial support to CMC, we thank you! We are forever grateful to all who have lifted us up, cheered us on, and supported us along the way.
We are proud of where we have been, and excited about where we are going. Cheers to 35!