Let’s Talk it OUT is a conflict resolution program geared towards the adolescent population to help youth monitor, understand, and manage their stress, anger, and other difficult emotions. The objective is to teach them proactive strategies to navigate and resolve disputes to circumvent verbal and/or physical aggression and to support pro-social skills. This program is designed to enrich existing conflict resolution, anger management, communication skills, anti-violence, and other essential anti-bullying initiatives.
Ultimately, Let’s Talk it OUT strives to break the chain of violence too often resorted to by youth by recognizing that education and constructive action are among the best vaccines for violence. By learning to recognize the steps of conflict and processing them before reacting, de-escalation techniques help diffuse the intensity of negative emotions and build emotion regulation; that is, conflict does not necessarily need to be equated with negativity, since, if managed in a productive way, it can actually safeguard individuals in a potentially dangerous situation while building character and confidence through appropriate, assertive communication.