Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Playbooks For High School and College Males



Curriculum Cost

The MVP Model was created by Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society and Jackson Katz. Approaches youth as potential bystanders, not victims or perpetrators, to sexual violence, bullying, and harassment. Playbooks use scenarios in order to build bystander response skills. Official training of trainers is available.

Originally designed to engage student-athletes and student leaders to use their social influence over peers however can be used to engage a wide range of youth.

This program is evidence-based and has shown increased bystander skills. Can be adapted for use with middle school students; especially with high school peers facilitating.

Empirical Support

The sex-segregated, bystander intervention approach to sexual violence prevention has had strong empirical support by prevention researchers.

There are many evaluation research articles for this program, a few are listed below:

  • Vanyard, V.L., Moynihan, M.M., & Plante, E.G. (2007). Sexual violence prevention through bystander education: An experimental evaluation. Journal of Community Psychology 35 (4): 463-481.doi: 10.1002/jcop.20159
  • Fabiano, P.M., Perkins, H.W., Berkowitz, A., Linkenbach, J., & Stark, C. (2003). Journal of American College Health 52 (3): 105-112. doi: 10.1080/07448480309595732.
Target Audience

Separate playbooks for high school and college males.