MVP Timeline of Achievements
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program founded at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society; initial funding by United States Dept. of Education.
|1994||Publication of MVP Playbook, featuring original bystander exercises and scenarios that have since become foundational in the prevention field.|
MVP women’s program created.
Harvard Educational Review publishes MVP co-founder Jackson Katz’s article “Reconstructing Masculinity in the Locker Room,” the first academic article to outline the new “bystander” MVP approach.
|1996||MVP, in partnership with the Liz Claiborne Company, produces one of the earliest Public Service Announcements on national television featuring college football players speaking out against gender violence.|
|1997||The U.S. Marine Corps adopts MVP as its first system-wide gender violence prevention initiative.|
|1998||The Newton, MA public school system pioneers MVP trainings system-wide in its middle schools.|
MVP partners with the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention to implement multi-year programming in Sioux City, Iowa public high schools.
|1999||MVP conducts inaugural professional sports training, with New England Patriots players, coaches, and front office staff.|
|2000||MVP is installed as a block of instruction in the curriculum of Staff Non-Commissioned Officer academies on U.S. Marine Corps bases worldwide.|
|2000||MVP co-founder Jackson Katz is named to the U.S. Secretary of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Military.|
|2006||Southeastern Conference (SEC) becomes the nation’s first athletic conference to implement and mandate MVP training throughout its membership.|
MVP offers domestic and sexual violence prevention program as part of the National Football League’s official Player Development menu; MVP trains six teams in the first year.
MVP delivers training to team personnel from 18 teams in the Australian Football League.
The award-winning documentary, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” addressing misogyny and homophobia in rap music and produced by original MVP team member Byron Hurt, is broadcast nationally on PBS.
Big Ten Athletic Conference implements MVP conference-wide for student-athletes, coaches, and administrators.
|2008||MVP plays a key role in the design of the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Bystander Intervention Training and trains USAF personnel to implement the program throughout its ranks.|
|2009||MVP selected as a model prevention program by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.|
|2009||MVP conducts prevention trainings with U.S. Army personnel in war zones in Iraq.|
|2010||MVP conducts first female professional sports training, with Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) New York Liberty players, coaches, and front office staff.|
World Health Organization (WHO) cites MVP as an "empirically proven model for preventing violence against women."
|2010||MVP-Australia launched at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland.|
|2011||MVP develops and implements MVP-Navy with the U.S. Navy’s Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).|
|2011||MVP-Scotland launched in partnership with the Violence Reduction Unit of the Scottish National Police.|
University of Northern Iowa opens the Center for Violence Prevention, based in part on principles of MVP, which plays a critical partner role.
|2012||MVP-Sweden launched in partnership with Stockholm-based NGO Men for Gender Equality.|
|2012||MVP hosts first-ever international conference on bystander intervention, held in Boston, MA.|
|2013||MVP begins training with senior and junior officers, enlisted leaders, and troops in the Australian Army.|
MVP trains U.S. Army Special Operations Command Sexual Assault Response Coordinators at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.