On May 5th 38 students from SD46 met for a Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Student Summit to address the issue of violence against women and girls on the Sunshine Coast. JR LaRose former BC Lions pro and current spokesperson for the Ending Violence Association of BC was the Keynote Speaker. Run by SC Community Services in collaboration with School District No. 46, the MVP program is the first of its kind in Canada. Well known in schools across the US and in sports groups throughout North America, this initiative is based on a peer leadership model using trained student leaders. The students attending the summit today are the first student leaders being trained on the Sunshine Coast and we hope to have this program continue in our schools and expand into local workplaces.
The primary goals of MVP are to
- Increase awareness of verbal/emotional/psychological and sexual abuse.
- Challenge messages within a social setting about gender/sex/relationship violence.
- Inspire leadership by empowering participants with options to effect change in social norms.
For more information about the MVP program please contact:
Heather Conn, Gender Violence Prevention Worker – firstname.lastname@example.org
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