Become a YMI Member

If you are a fully trained (40hrs +) mediator or mediation advocate, and have a strong motivation to gain field experience, 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.

Become a YMI Member, click here.

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”?

Worldwide Mediation Mentorship Programme

The time has come to change the perception and value of young mediators on the worldwide mediation landscape. By joining YMI, you can become part of this change.

Some experienced practicing 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 Young Mediators’ Initiative (YMI) is joining forces with the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to develop a Worldwide Mentorship Programme for mediators.

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.

Apply here.