What is Mentors in Violence Prevention?
MVP is a widely acclaimed leadership program that motivates both men and women to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered “women’s issues:” rape, relationship abuse, sexual assault and harassment. Founded in 1993, MVP is the original "bystander" program in the field of gender violence prevention education. The MVP approach views all individuals not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can recognize and confront harassment and abuse before, during and after the fact. The MVP Program inspires leadership by empowering individuals with tools to lead and with concrete options to effect change in their peer cultures, as well as with younger students and others.
In Iowa, MVP training is available through the UNI Center for Violence Prevention and is delivered by certified teams under the guidance of Alan Heisterkamp, Ed.D., Director, Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa.
What is the Train the Trainer Institute?
The MVP Train the Trainer Institute is a two-day, interactive training designed for college administrators, faculty, staff, service providers and community partners who desire to integrate one of the leading bystander education and intervention models into their violence prevention programs and initiatives.
MVP introduced the bystander approach to the fields of sexual violence and relationship abuse prevention education. While perhaps best known for its groundbreaking work in college and professional athletics, MVP has been at the cutting edge of gender violence prevention work with general populations of college and high school students for two decades. MVP trainings provide participants with the skills and strategies to engage both women and men in the effort to prevent abuse, harassment and violence by focusing on challenging and transforming social norms that support abusive practices. Among the many topics covered in this dynamic training will be the role of alcohol, the influence of media on gender norms, and the many intersections of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity.
Why the MVP Train the Trainer Institute?
The goal of the MVP Institute is to develop a core group of trainers on Iowa’s college campuses, secondary school systems, departments of education, and within domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions across the state. These trainers can infuse the MVP program in their respective areas of work through subsequent trainings. Through such an initiative, communities across Iowa can become safer as students and citizens are trained as empowered bystanders!