On college campuses, MVP is known for its pioneering role in bringing men and women together in the effort to prevent sexual assault and relationship abuse.
MVP also is renowned for the spirit, creativity and highly interactive nature of its trainings.
Although MVP began in college athletics and retains some sports terminology, MVP quickly moved to general populations of college and university students including members of fraternities and sororities, student government leaders, resident assistants and others.
MVP Strategies provides a range of services on college campuses. Our racially/ethnically diverse, mixed-gender training teams:
- Deliver “big-room” presentations.
Traditionally, institutions have relied on hiring speakers or dramatic performing groups to address large gatherings of students on the issues of sexual assault prevention during new student orientation or other times. Big room presentations that reach large numbers of students are necessary and important but much more effective when implemented in tandem with more intensive workshops for targeted populations and/or leadership trainings.
- Deliver awareness-raising presentations to students in various campus sub-cultures.
MVP Strategies training teams facilitate 90-minute to 2-hour sessions with all student-athletes, Greeks, RA’s, student government members, etc. The size of the groups for these sessions is optimally in the range of 20-40 people.
- Conduct intensive leadership training for RA’s, Greek officers, athletic team captains and other student leaders.
These trainings provide student leaders with an immersive experience in MVP philosophy and methods. This training is designed to enhance the leadership capabilities of student leaders by helping them develop bystander intervention skills but also by challenging them to see themselves as leaders in the critical area of gender equality promotion and gender violence prevention. See More
- Train trainers (students and staff) to implement MVP.
This training is 2-3 days and prepares trainees to lead MVP sessions with groups of students. To retain the intimacy and interaction necessary, each training f trainers can accommodate approximately 30 trainees.
- Train professionals in athletic departments, Greek affairs, student affairs, Counseling Centers and Wellness Centers.
In order to have a coordinated campus response to gender violence prevention, everyone needs to be on board: students, staff and faculties. MVP Strategies trainings with professionals cover many of the basic MVP concepts of leadership, gender norms and bystander skills training. They also address the mentor/teacher/coach relationship between professional educators and students as well as workplace issues/peer issues among college-based professionals.
- Conduct leadership training and orientation sessions for university and college administrators.
MVP Strategies provides leadership training and prevention education for senior administrators from a range of campus departments: Dean of Students office, Student Affairs, Public Safety, Athletics, Counseling Center, Health Education, Residence Life, Greek Life, etc. The training is customized according to local priorities but the overall focus is on the role of institutional leaders in the prevention of gender violence and other forms of bullying, abuse and harassment with a special emphasis on men’s leadership. Participants are introduced to cutting-edge pedagogical as well as institutional strategies.
- Customize, edit and develop curricula to fit the specific needs and environments of a campus.
MVP Strategies staff can customize materials as needed.
MVP Strategies in Community Colleges
MVP is a leadership program and prevention strategy that is adaptable to both four and two-year institutions.
For the past five years, Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York has pioneered MVP work in an urban community college setting at its Damon City Campus. In addition to various ongoing activities, since 2010 MVP-MCC has offered three-day “Train the Trainers” certification to students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and community members. Many mentors have gone on to use their MVP skills in their education, internships, jobs and personal lives.
MVP-MCC also includes curriculum infusion into select coursework in Criminal Justice, English, Health Education, Psychology, Sociology and Speech Communications. They also sponsor co- and extra-curricular events on both MCC campuses and in the community, and have a full-year “MVP in ACTION” scholarship available to students committed to violence prevention.
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