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Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership is an innovative approach to violence prevention education. The program, funded by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, is providing training in anti-violence strategies to students, faculty, and coaches at 90 public high schools across Massachusetts.

In the spring of 2016, nearly 200 people representing 90 schools and nine sexual assault and domestic violence service organizations were trained in the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum. This fall, 34 schools will receive a more in-depth, on-site training for 30 students. Participating students will be trained as peer educators in anti-violence strategies. The trainings are being run by the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University. MVP uses a sports-themed curriculum and employs collegiate athletes and former professional athletes as trainers.

In December 2015, the Attorney General awarded grants to six domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) service and prevention organizations to partner with and provide support to participating schools. Staff from the partner organizations attended the Phase 1 trainings with school staff in their area and will work with Phase 2 schools on policies, ongoing curricula, and services for students and families dealing with violence.

The grant recipients are: Womanshelter/Compañeras in Holyoke, Pathways for Change, Inc. in partnership with the YWCA of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Inc. in Waltham, New Hope, Inc. in Attleboro and Independence House, Inc. in Hyannis.

The program also includes online support tools for schools and an evaluation component to determine the effectiveness of the program in changing attitudes and behaviors.

From January to May of 2016, 90 high schools sent staff members to be trained in the MVP curriculum. Team members from the grantee sexual assault and domestic violence service provider in each region also participated in the trainings.

Click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions from Phase 1. pdf format of Game Change FAQs for Participating Schools Dec 15, 2015

SchoolCityCounty
Falmouth High SchoolFalmouthBarnstable
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical SchoolBourneBarnstable
Monomoy Regional High SchoolHarwichBarnstable
Sandwich Public SchoolsSandwichBarnstable
Drury High SchoolNorth AdamsBerkshire
Pittsfield High SchoolPittsfieldBerkshire
Norton High SchoolNortonBristol
BMC Durfee High SchoolFall RiverBristol
Taunton High SchoolTauntonBristol
Triton Regional High SchoolByfieldEssex
Greater Lawrence Technical SchoolAndoverEssex
Kipp AcademyLynnEssex
Methuen High SchoolMethuenEssex
Newburyport High SchoolNewburyportEssex
Peabody Veterans Memorial HighPeabodyEssex
Swampscott High SchoolSwampscottEssex
Amesbury High SchoolAmesburyEssex
Gloucester High SchoolGloucesterEssex
Lawrence High SchoolLawrenceEssex
Lynn English high SchoolLynnEssex
Haverhill High SchoolHaverhillEssex
Turners Falls High School/Great Falls Middle SchoolTurners FallsFranklin
East Longmeadow High SchoolEast LongmeadowHampden
Southwick Regional SchoolSouthwickHampden
West Springfield High SchoolWest SpringfieldHampden
Westfield Technical AcademyWestfieldHampden
Chicopee High SchoolChicopeeHampden
Holyoke High SchoolHolyokeHampden
Springfield Central High SchoolSpringfieldHampden
Amherst Regional High SchoolAmherstHampshire
Ware High SchoolWareHampshire
North Middlesex Regional High SchoolTownsend/ PepperelMiddlesex
Hopkinton High SchoolHopkintonMiddlesex
Shriver JobCorpsDevensMiddlesex
Greater Lowell Technical High SchoolTyngsboroughMiddlesex
Shawsheen Valley Technical High SchoolBillericaMiddlesex
Everett High SchoolEverettMiddlesex
Malden High SchoolMaldenMiddlesex
Medford High SchoolMedfordMiddlesex
Medford Vocational Technical High SchoolMedfordMiddlesex
Wayland High SchoolWaylandMiddlesex
Woburn Memorial High SchoolWoburnMiddlesex
Reading Memorial High SchoolReadingMiddlesex
Tewksbury Memorial High SchoolTewksburyMiddlesex
Winchester High SchoolWinchesterMiddlesex
Lowell High SchoolLowellMiddlesex
Wakefield Public SchoolsWakefieldMiddlesex
Concord-Carlisle High SchoolConcordMiddlesex
Framingham High SchoolFraminghamMiddlesex
Maynard High SchoolMaynardMiddlesex
Natick High SchoolNatickMiddlesex
Groton-Dunstable Regional High SchoolGrotonMiddlesex
Nantucket High SchoolNantucketNantucket
Needham High SchoolNeedhamNorfolk
Wellesley High SchoolWellesleyNorfolk
Foxborough Regional Charter SchoolFoxboroughNorfolk
Randolph High SchoolRandolphNorfolk
Walpole high SchoolWalpoleNorfolk
Millis High SchoolMillisNorfolk
North Quincy High SchoolQuincyNorfolk
Quincy High SchoolQuincyNorfolk
Holbrook Junior Senior High SchoolHolbrookNorfolk
Bellingham High SchoolBellinghamNorfolk
Foxborough High SchoolFoxboroughNorfolk
Franklin High SchoolFranklinNorfolk
Norfolk County Agricultural High SchoolWalpoleNorfolk
Weymouth High SchoolWeymouthNorfolk
Apponequet Regional High SchoolLakevillePlymouth
Old Rochester Regional High SchoolMattapoisettPlymouth
Hingham High SchoolHinghamPlymouth
Silver lake regional High SchoolKingstonPlymouth
Wareham Public SchoolsWarehamPlymouth
Middleborough High SchoolMiddleboroughPlymouth
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolRochesterPlymouth
Marshfield High SchoolMarshfieldPlymouth
Plymouth South High SchoolPlymouthPlymouth
South Shore Charter Public SchoolNorwellPlymouth
McKinley SchoolsBostonSuffolk
Boston Community Leadership Academy (Boston Public Schools)BostonSuffolk
Revere High SchoolRevereSuffolk
Tantasqua Regional High SchoolFiskdale (Sturbridge)Worcester
Auburn High SchoolAuburnWorcester
Shrewsbury High SchoolShrewsburyWorcester
Sizer SchoolFitchburgWorcester
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolUptonWorcester
JobCorps GraftonGraftonWorcester
Bartlett High SchoolWebsterWorcester
Milford High SchoolMilfordWorcester
Northbridge High SchoolWhitinsvilleWorcester
Shepherd Hill Regional High SchoolDudleyWorcester

During Phase 2, 30 students at each of the 34 participating schools will be trained in the MVP curriculum. Students who go through the training will become peer educators in anti-violence strategies. These peer leaders, school staff, and prevention educators from a local sexual assault and domestic violence provider will work together to develop implementation plans for incorporating the MVP curriculum in their schools in the long term.

SchoolCityCounty
Sandwich Public SchoolsSandwichBarnstable
Drury High SchoolNorth AdamsBerkshire
Pittsfield High SchoolPittsfieldBerkshire
BMC Durfee High SchoolFall RiverBristol
Taunton High SchoolTauntonBristol
Amesbury High SchoolAmesburyEssex
Gloucester High SchoolGloucesterEssex
Lawrence High SchoolLawrenceEssex
Lynn English high SchoolLynnEssex
Haverhill High SchoolHaverhillEssex
Chicopee High SchoolChicopeeHampden
Holyoke High SchoolHolyokeHampden
Springfield Central High SchoolSpringfieldHampden
Lowell High SchoolLowellMiddlesex
Wakefield Public SchoolsWakefieldMiddlesex
Concord-Carlisle High SchoolConcordMiddlesex
Framingham High SchoolFraminghamMiddlesex
Maynard High SchoolMaynardMiddlesex
Natick High SchoolNatickMiddlesex
Bellingham High SchoolBellinghamNorfolk
Foxborough High SchoolFoxboroughNorfolk
Franklin High SchoolFranklinNorfolk
Norfolk County Agricultural High SchoolWalpoleNorfolk
Weymouth High SchoolWeymouthNorfolk
Marshfield High SchoolMarshfieldPlymouth
Plymouth South High SchoolPlymouthPlymouth
South Shore Charter Public SchoolNorwellPlymouth
Boston Community Leadership Academy (Boston Public Schools)BostonSuffolk
Revere High SchoolRevereSuffolk
Bartlett High SchoolWebsterWorcester
Milford High SchoolMilfordWorcester
Northbridge High SchoolWhitinsvilleWorcester
Shepherd Hill Regional High SchoolDudleyWorcester