Testimonials

“MVP is a life changer.  It gave me an opportunity to examine healthy and unhealthy relationships at a critical time in my life.  It provided me with a foundation to operate respectfully on both a personal and professional level and I draw upon lessons learned from that program almost daily.”-Dave Hoffman, Senior Manager of Community Relations the Boston Celtics

“Boston College has relied on Sport in Society to provide us with invaluable training and resources regarding every issue in athletics including sexual assault and bystander education. It has allowed us to try to be proactive in protecting our student-athletes and helping them to grow. MVP training is a vital program for men and women. Our partnership with Sport in Society has been positive in every way.”  Jody Mooradian Sr. Associate Athletic Director, Boston College

MVP Facilitator Ricardhy Grandoit training students from Newburyport High School

“Colleges recognize that peer leadership is an inherent component of the role of the varsity athlete.  Since 2002, Assumption College has implemented MVP’s approach to raising varsity athletes’ awareness about the issue of men’s violence against women and to developing effective interactive violence prevention programs for our varsity athletes.  The MVP program has provided the College a valuable tool for educating varsity athletes and challenging them to accept their leadership role among peers in  promoting intentional and thoughtful options when confronting and/or interrupting violent behaviors against women, in a way that does not result in further violence.”-Bob Ravenelle Dean of Students, Assumption College

“Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training focuses on a serious problem and uses male and female facilitators to help give both sides perspective and to show how we can and should work together. The information and exercises kept everyone interested and involved. The facilitators were great….never a dull moment!” -MSG Teresa Shack United States Army 3rd Infantry Division

Director of Training and Curriculum Jarrod Chin with members of the United States Army 3rd Infantry Division after an MVP training

“We as coaches have an unparalleled platform to positively influence the young men and women on our teams. The MVP program has given me the tools to facilitate conversations with my teams around important issues such as consent, sexual assault prevention, sexist and homophobic language, and healthy masculinity. It is an essential program for any coach who is looking to ensure a positive and healthy team culture.” -Ewan Seabrook Head Mens Soccer Coach, Colby College

 “In 2012, I was trained in the MVP leadership program. The MVP program is a proven, well-crafted, and empowering approach towards working with young people on issues of bullying and women’s rights through the bystander approach. In my current position, I am still referring back to MVP when working with student-athletes.” -Ted O’Reilly Athletic Director, Vail Mountain School

“MVP is an essential resource for community based organizations, companies, and universities. It provides an opp for individuals to expand their knowledge around violence prevention, and creates an awareness around visible and salient issues that impact all communities. I strongly recommend the MVP program.” -Marion Mason Dean of Students, Eastern Nazarene College

MVP Trainers Ricardhy Grandoit and Safaa Usmani facilitating with students from College of the Holy Cross

“The feedback from students and people that have gone thru MVP is that they are motivated to take on a leadership role. Although the scenarios and train of thought provides the catalyst to talk about real life situations in a safe environment it is the discussion regarding the various options that makes people more confident to take action to reduce or disrupt violence against women and still remain safe.  These resulting viewpoints are consistent with every group of individuals we have worked with and there is a lot of encouragement/recommendations from these groups to not only continue MVP, but to involve other people from their community’s as well.” -Mike Fonda, Community Liaison/Prevention Educator M. A. Sexual Assault & Crime Victim’s Assistance Program, St. Peter’s Health Partners

“The MVP curriculum generates honest conversations that challenge people’s preexisting notions and thinking. The experienced facilitators create a welcoming environment, in which participants feel comfortable to discuss sensitive topics and to learn from one another.  I felt that my own thinking was challenged and that I grew as an individual from the MVP sessions.” -Kate Barnosky, Tufts University Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach

“In my position as the Director of the Total Tiger Program at Towson University in Athletics, I have found the MVP program and model to be very useful and successful. It has provided the opportunity for our student-athletes to not only learn valuable life skills in regards to gender violence, alcohol and consent but it has been a positive catalyst for changing culture and accountability amongst the student-athletes.” -Antwaine Smith, Director of the Total Tiger Program Towson University, Athletics 


 

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