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“The biggest thing I’m going to take away from this is that I have the power to be a leader and change situations, and if I see a situation that’s negative between a man and a woman that I have the power to intervene…I have the power to change our society.”
Clifton Ryan
Former Football Student-Athlete & Team Captain, Michigan State University


The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program, co-created by Jackson Katz at Northeastern University in 1993, is a leadership program focused on preventing all forms of men’s violence against women. The multi-racial, mixed gender MVP Program is the first large-scale attempt to enlist high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the fight against this violence.

The MVP Program motivates men and women to work together in preventing men’s violence against women. MVP was a paradigm-shifter in 1993 by introducing bystander intervention to the domestic and sexual violence prevention education field. The MVP bystander approach does not involve finger pointing, nor does it blame participants for the widespread problems of gender violence. Instead, it sounds a positive call for proactive, preventative behavior, and leadership.

MVP National is presented in partnership by Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports at the University of Central Florida.