The founders of a Jordan High School program that teaches students how to resolve conflicts peacefully will be honored by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations next month.
Jordan High School Co-Principal Mel Collins and community volunteer Gloria McMillan developed "Peace 90805" (named for the ZIP code) more than a year ago to help quell rising ethnic tensions on the 3,200-student North Long Beach campus.
They are among 14 individuals and programs throughout the county that will receive John Anson Ford awards for community service at an Oct. 11 ceremony.
Under the Jordan High School summer program, about 75 students are paid $75 to spend fourdays learning how to solve problems peacefully.
"Many students figure the only way to resolve a problem is to hit each other upside the head," Collins said. "We show them differently."