As MVP has grown over the years, its organizational operations have expanded.
Today, MVP trainings and other educational initiatives are run out of a number of institutional bases in the U.S. and overseas.
MVP Strategies was founded in 1997 by Jackson Katz, who remains its director. MVP Strategies oversees MVP trainings in a variety of settings, including colleges, high schools, community agencies, and other organizations in the public and private sectors, including professional sports clubs. In addition, MVP Strategies coordinates MVP trainings in the U.S. and Australian militaries. The organization works with post-secondary and secondary educational institutions in the design and implementation of gender violence, gay-bashing, and bullying prevention programs for students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
MVP Strategies personnel also conduct leadership trainings for executive directors, CEOs, and managers in the public and private sectors.
Starting in June 2015, two-and three-day leadership training programs will be held regularly in Long Beach, California.
MVP Strategies also coordinates MVP trainings in school systems and athletic organizations in many countries including Canada, Australia, Scotland, and several European countries. In addition, MVP Strategies produces and distributes MVP educational materials that are widely used in violence prevention programs and health classes across the U.S. and beyond.
MVP National is a partnership between Sport in Society and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. MVP National coordinates and arranges trainings with college athletic programs across the U.S. as well as trainings with professional sports organizations. MVP National has conducted trainings for hundreds of Division 1, 2 and 3 athletic programs and dozens of teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA, NASCAR and many other sports organizations.
MVP was created at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS) in Boston in 1993 and has been an established program there ever since. The mission of Sport in Society is to increase awareness of sport and its relation to society, and to develop programs that identify problems, offer solutions and promote the benefits of sport.
CSSS staff conducts MVP trainings in the Boston Public Schools and throughout the Greater Boston area. They developed an online version of MVP training, and also conduct two annual 3-day MVP training institutes at Northeastern University and other regional locations, in January and August.
The Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) was founded in 2011 with a mission to build the capacity of institutions of higher education, K-12 schools, victim service agencies, law enforcement and the criminal justice system to systematically implement best practice violence prevention, victim service, and evaluation strategies in collaboration with state, family and community partners.
Since its creation, MVP has been central to the philosophy and practice of CVP’s programming. CVP staff regularly conduct MVP trainings across Iowa, and consult with national and international organizations on strategies for incorporating MVP into school and system-wide gender violence and bullying prevention initiatives.
CVP also functions as a statewide training center that offers annual conferences for community and campus victim-services providers, community and campus police and educators. CVP also supports the development of best practices for responding to and preventing interpersonal violence at Iowa’s three state universities.
Since 2010, under the leadership of MVP senior trainer Shannon Spriggs, Ph.D., the Violence Research and Prevention program at Griffith University in Brisbane has been coordinating MVP trainings in educational institutions and communities across Australia.
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