Q: Do you have to be over 18 years of age to be a mediator?
A: No you do not have to be over 18 years of age to be a mediator. In fact, in November, 2011 the Governor-General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen, in his address at the opening ceremony of the 14th Annual Conference for Presidents & Governors-General of the Caribbean Community, urged Caricom heads of state to do more to effect positive change in young people given their “ideal position” to “act as mediators and conciliators”. If you are a good listener, empathetic, a creative thinker with a strong desire to assist people to resolve their problems then you have good raw material to become a mediator. Talk to your parent or guardian about your desire for training. They can help you identify a training programmae that is right for you.