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Supported by a grant from the FISA Foundation and in partnership with Southwest PA Says No More, an initiative uniting community leaders and thousands of concerned citizens to take action to end violence against women, Planned Parenthood of Western PA’s (PPWP) violence prevention programming seeks to stop gender based violence before it starts, by working with youth to get to the root of the problem -- challenging stereotypes about gender that research shows lead to relationship and sexual violence, teaching youth how to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, and promoting bystander intervention, which helps youth think about all the ways they can speak up when they witness violent behavior.

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum forms the foundation of PPWP’s violence prevention work. MVP is one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence, sexual harassment and bullying prevention programs in the world and through numerous evaluations has been shown to have a significant positive impact on participant knowledge, attitudes & behavior around gender based violence.  MVP sessions are highly interactive, engaging youth in in-depth, challenging conversations that make them think and encourage a shift in their attitudes about gender based violence.

Sequences are adaptable to the needs of your site and population. Age-and-stage appropriate lessons can be targeted to students in middle or high school, to single or mixed gender groups, to adults of any age, or tailored for youth-serving providers.  

A sequence might include the following four 45-minute sessions:

Lesson 1 - Gender Stereotypes and Violence

Lesson 2 - The Act Like a Man/Act Like a Lady Box

Lesson 3 - Bystander Intervention - What’s your role?

Lesson 4 - Consent and Healthy Relationships

Please contact our Violence Prevention Program Manager to schedule programming at 412-258-9740 or [email protected].