Become a YMI Mediator

If you are a fully trained mediator or mediation advocate, or in the process of training, and have a strong motivation to become experienced, you are welcome to join the Young Mediators Initiative! All you need is the drive to promote mediation skills and proactively help develop the network of Young Mediators and Mediation Advocates, so that together we can create a truly effective experience generation and mentoring system.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Why Join YMI?

Competency in mediation comes from a combination of personality, skills, training and experience. People come to mediation practice from all walks of life and for many different reasons. Many have the personality, aptitude and drive to be great mediators and mediation advocates, they develop their skills in one or more of the excellent training courses that now exist, but then the big barrier comes into view.  How to gain the necessary experience?

This is a particularly acute problem for young mediators. Many younger mediators and mediation advocates ask us – how can I break into a field that seems to be dominated by practitioners in their 50s and 60s?

Some well-known practicing mediators, such as IMI Certified Mediators, are willing to help young mediators gain initial experience. With the consent of the parties, some mediators will agree – if asked – to allow you to be a “fly-on-the-wall”, or even to be their assistant. You may have special skills that will be especially useful in a mediation – such as expertise in a technical area relevant to the mediation, or an appropriate language capability. Far from being a “passenger”, you could put your skills to great use. Gradually, as you get more exposed to mediations, you may be asked to co-mediate, or share the mediator’s role in some way – note-taking, flip charting, handling a concurrent caucus, logistical arrangements, follow-ups – the possibilities are endless. Some mediators – if asked – may agree to take on a mentoring or professional counselling role for you, assisting you in inheriting their professional mediation skills and competencies.

The time has come to change the perception and value of young mediators on the worldwide mediation landscape. The YMI (Young Mediators Initiative) will help foster this change. The YMI was established under the umbrella of the International Mediation Institute in 2010 with the intention of encouraging and assisting Young Mediators worldwide to generate experience and help to set themselves up for a future in mediation. In 2013, with the launch of IMI Mediation Advocacy Certification, YMI opened its membership to young mediation advocates.

The YMI Team are professionals from different professional disciplines, cultures and countries. Our aim is to support you in your goal to gain mediation experience. You can have your profile visible on the YMI portal and experienced mediators and mediation advocates willing to offer assistantships will then be able to find you. The YMI provides opportunities for young mediators and mediation advocates to access the wide array of resources available to establish networking and to build upon ideas for how to get experience in mediation.

The YMI website will be a place where you can contact each other, share knowledge, get in touch with local organizations and network with competent mediators and mediation advocates to gain experience through shadowing, assistantships, internships, co-mediations and participate in scholarship and mentoring programs.

Based on the YMI criteria, you will have your own Young Mediator/Mediation Advocate Profile visible on the YMI web portal. Experienced mediators can then log in and search YMI profiles for potential assistance when they need it.

YMI Mediators and Mediation Advocates are welcome to join the Young Mediators Initiative group on LinkedIn (a sub-group of the International Mediation Institute group).

We invite you to read the article 2020 Vision – Where in the world will mediation be in 10 years ( Why? because, as Mahatma Gandhi famously observed:

“YOU must be the change you want to see in the world”.

Apply here.