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Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership is an innovative approach to healthy relationship and violence prevention education. The program, launched in 2015 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 public high schools across Massachusetts.

The goal of Game Change is to implement long-term anti-violence and healthy relationship education in Massachusetts schools, with a focus on developing peer leaders at the high school level who can provide trainings to their middle school counterparts. Game Change brings together students, teachers, coaches, and sexual assault and domestic violence service providers to create positive change in their schools and communities.

To date, Game Change has trained more than 1,000 students, teachers, coaches, and service providers in the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum. Student leaders representing nearly 100 communities across Massachusetts are now equipped to intervene when they witness signs of violence and to help other young people do the same. The trainings are 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.

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.

Beginning in the fall of 2017, Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership will expand to middle schools and additional high schools across Massachusetts, training students and staff in strategies to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.

Proposals for this new round of Game Change will be open to public high schools, with a preference given to those who submit with a middle school partner. Preference will also be given to those who work with their local sexual assault or domestic violence service organization to ensure that students and staff who are witnessing or experiencing violence have access to the resources and support they need.

Schools can apply for one of two awards: a training for teachers and coaches, or a training for students. Awardees will also receive a grant to support long-term implementation of the curriculum.  

Awards will fund healthy relationship and violence prevention education from August 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. Interested schools and school districts in Massachusetts are encouraged to learn more about the program and to submit a proposal at www.mass.gov/ago/gamechange.

Proposals must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017.

Request for Proposals

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Year 2 of Game Change provided direct in-school trainings in MVP to students at 34 public high schools across the state, and funding to support that work over the long-term to six sexual assault and domestic violence service providers.

These peer leaders, school staff, and prevention educators from a local sexual assault and domestic violence provider are working together to incorporate the MVP curriculum into classes, clubs, and through student led trainings and presentations.

Schools participating in Year 2:

School NameCityCounty
Franklin High SchoolFranklinNorfolk
Milford High SchoolMilfordWorcester
Gloucester High SchoolGloucesterEssex
Lawrence High SchoolLawrenceEssex
Plymouth South High SchoolPlymouthPlymouth
Boston Community Leadership AcademyBostonSuffolk
Holyoke High SchoolHolyokeHampden
Amesbury High SchoolAmesburyEssex
Drury High SchoolNorth AdamsBerkshire
Foxborough High SchoolFoxboroughNorfolk
Springfield Central High SchoolSpringfieldHampden
Revere High SchoolRevereSuffolk
Haverhill High SchoolHaverhillEssex
Norfolk County Agricultural High SchoolWalpoleNorfolk
Shepherd Hill Regional High SchoolDudleyWorcester
Bellingham High SchoolBellinghamNorfolk
Concord-Carlisle High SchoolConcordMiddlesex
Bartlett High SchoolWebsterWorcester
Pittsfield High SchoolPittsfieldBerkshire
Northbridge High SchoolWhitinsvilleWorcester
South Shore Charter Public SchoolNorwellPlymouth
Chicopee High SchoolChicopeeHampden
Lowell High SchoolLowellMiddlesex
Wakefield Public SchoolsWakefieldMiddlesex
Lynn English High SchoolLynnEssex
Natick High SchoolNatickMiddlesex
Taunton High SchoolTauntonBristol
Weymouth High SchoolWeymouthNorfolk
Turners Falls High SchoolTurners FallsFranklin
Maynard High SchoolMaynardMiddlesex
BMC Durfee High SchoolFall RiverBristol
Sandwich Public SchoolsSandwichBarnstable
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolRochesterPlymouth
Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High SchoolUptonWorcester

In September 2015, AG Healey and Mr. Kraft announced the creation of Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership.

During the first year, staff from 90 high schools and nine SA/DV service organizations were trained in the Mentors in Violence Prevention curriculum.

Six SA/DV organizations also received grants to build their capacity for prevention education and to work with Game Change schools in their area to support long-term implementation.

Schools that participated in Year 1: 

SchoolCity/TownCounty
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 High 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 SchoolMontagueFranklin
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
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
Natick High SchoolNatickMiddlesex
Maynard High SchoolMaynardMiddlesex
Greater Lowell Technical High SchoolTyngsboroughMiddlesex
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
Plymouth South High SchoolPlymouthPlymouth
South Shore Charter Public SchoolNorwellPlymouth
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolRochesterPlymouth
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
JobCorps GraftonGraftonWorcester
Bartlett High SchoolWebsterWorcester
Milford High SchoolMilfordWorcester
Northbridge High SchoolWhitinsvilleWorcester
Shepherd Hill Regional High SchoolDudleyWorcester
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolUptonWorcester

Revere High School students with Robert Kraft, James White, and others from the New England Patriots and the Game Change partnership.

Revere High School

With the support of their teachers, staff from REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, and the MGH Haven program, Revere’s Game Change team has been incredibly active this school year. In addition to presentations to peers and younger students, Revere has incorporated lessons into their Health classes. Many have also joined school’s Youth their Empowerment Club to continue to develop their leadership skills.

Two Game Change students gave a presentation to their school committee regarding the program during the fall. The presentation was recorded and has been played on local access television. Game Change students have led trainings for school staff and faculty, eighth-graders, and their peers through presentations to advisory periods.

The Revere Game Change team is also helping to plan a personal care fair to speak with their peers about many self-care topics, including: how to manage stress, treat themselves and others with respect, and having healthy relationships.

Throughout all of these activities, Revere’s Game Change program has reached more than 2,500 students and teachers at the middle and high schools.  

Chicopee High School

The Chicopee Game Change student leaders are being led by their Health, Physical Education, and Consumer Science teachers, two of whom were trained in MVP in the spring of 2016.  

After that initial training, the MVP-trained educators held a training for 30 athletes before the fall sports season. When Chicopee’s student leaders were trained in October of 2016, they worked to help plan and deliver similar trainings for 30 winter athletes, and then again for 30 spring athletes. The students worked to make a great PSA and have been showing that to their younger peers during advisory periods. As a part of that presentation, students also facilitate discussions about Game Change and how they can make a difference in their school and community by intervening when they witness behavior that could escalate.

This spring, a small group of Game Change students visited a Girls, Inc. program and gave a training for seventh-grade students and their parents. The Chicopee team is also planning meetings with two middle schools to coordinate Game Change students visiting and training seventh- and eighth-graders.

Thanks to the hard work of the Game Change students, their advisors, and supportive staff from Womanshelter/Companeras, at the end of this school year the entire student body of CHS – nearly 1,000 students – will have had some sort of training in healthy relationships and violence prevention.  

Taunton High School

Taunton’s Game Change leaders are bringing lessons about healthy relationships and preventing violence to their peers and younger students in a variety of ways. They are working with a Wellness teacher, who was trained in MVP in 2016, to implement their ideas.

The students started with facilitating small group discussions in eighth-grade wellness classes. Each student leader works with a group of four younger students to discuss different scenarios which could be problematic, and how they might deal with each one. They are planning an expansion to sophomore wellness classes for the fall. Taunton’s Game Change team leaders are also working on creating a Public Service Announcement to show to each class assembly at the beginning of the next school year.