Los Angeles Introductory MVP Training for College Athletics

February 27, 2014
9:30AM-2:00PM. This event is FREE. Lunch is included.
LA84Foundation, 2141 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90018

“Man, this isn’t a training, it’s a conversation. Thank you!”

This statement, from a male student-athlete at the conclusion of one of our Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training sessions affirms what we have long believed: teaching sexual violence prevention to student-athletes can be a transformative experience for them if done correctly.MVP is a gender violence, bullying and gay-bashing prevention program that was the first large-scale attempt to apply the bystander approach to issues of sexual and domestic violence. With the recent issuing of its “Dear Colleague Letter,” the Office of Civil Rights now mandates that colleges are responsible for sexual assault prevention as a Title IX compliance issue. MVP also frames gender violence prevention as a leadership responsibility for student-athletes and has been implemented on over 150 college campuses, including the Southeastern, Big Ten, and Atlantic-10, to support their Title IX compliance.

Many student-athletes want to help with violence prevention but lack the skills necessary to intervene in a safe manner. The key is to engage them in a process that leads to empowered skill building and decision-making. The heart of the MVP model is interactive discussion, in single-sex and mixed-gender workshops, using real-life scenarios that speak to the experiences of college students.

Please join us for a FREE introductory MVP training on Feb 27th at the LA84 Foundation. The training is open to collegiate student-athletes and Athletics’ staff. Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 30 participants.

Register Today. The event is free but registration is required.

For questions and additional information, please contact Justine Siegal, PhD: j.siegal@neu.edu.

“We look at athletes as leaders on campus and whether female or male, they’re going to be bystanders to different situations,” said Amy Bowen, a former three-sport athlete at Gordon College in Massachusetts and now one of MVP’s traveling advocates. “Really this is about empowering them, giving them tools to stand up and be leaders in tough situations, be the activists that change the culture on campus.” (Bangor Daily News, 1/13/13)