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 of the MVP Leadership Institute at the University of Northern Iowa.
What is the Train the Trainer Institute?
The MVP Institute will be a 2 day, interactive training designed for students, educators and service providers along with community partners who desire to integrate the MVP model into their respective organizations. The Institute consists of two phases. In Phase I, individuals go through the training as participants and in Phase II, participants practice facilitating the MVP curriculum and create MVP implementation plans. The MVP curriculum is broken into four educational units: battery, gender roles, alcohol and consent, and sexual harassment. Upon completion of the Institute, participants are certified to utilize MVP with their direct service population.
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!
MVP Training Details
Who: UNI faculty, staff, student leaders and community partners
When: Friday, February 21, 2014, 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:00 – 3:30 pm.
Where: Wellness-Rec Center, Room 250
MVP Trainers: Alan Heisterkamp, Joan Thompson, Mark Rowe-Barth
Materials: MVP Playbooks/manuals and materials will be provided. Bring a notebook and writing utensil.
Parking: Parking is available for off campus participants.