Mentors in Violence Prevention
Work with schools – MVP
MVP trains secondary school students to speak out against all forms of bullying, violence and abusive behaviour and focuses on an innovative ‘bystander’ approach that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate. Within the MVP programme young people are identified not as victims or perpetrators but as empowered bystanders able to support peers and challenge inappropriate behaviour. The programme has the potential to improve and reduce rates of exclusions and the occurrence of violent incidents; it can also bring about a change in culture within schools towards a more restorative approach to behaviour and also create a safer and more settled environment.
MVP was developed in the USA and has been used internationally, including in schools across Scotland. MVP in the West Midlands is being evaluated by Keele University.
The Alliance hosts two MVP coordinators who work with schools across the region, training schools based staff and supporting them to plan implementing the work in their schools. We also provide training to staff from partner organisations which work in those schools.
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Watch MVP founder, Dr Jackson Katz, talk about one of the issues MVP addresses