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星期四, 10月 12, 2017

AG HEALEY, ROBERT KRAFT, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FOUNDATION HOST GAME CHANGE STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

AG HEALEY, ROBERT KRAFT, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FOUNDATION HOST GAME CHANGE STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
First-of-its-kind program has trained more than 1,000 students, teachers, coaches and service providers; Will train additional 700 across Massachusetts this year

(From AG office)
FOXBOROUGH – Attorney General Maura Healey and Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots, held a student leadership summit today for Massachusetts high school and middle school students participating in “Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership.

“To break cycles of violence, the goal of Game Change is to educate students about healthy relationships and encourage them to treat one another with respect,” said AG Healey. “These student leaders are learning to engage their schools and communities to empower young people and help end relationship violence.”

“We are proud to see how far that this program has come in just over two years,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “Game Change began as a result of a shared mission between the Attorney General’s office and our organization to help put a stop to acts of bullying and violence. Thanks to this partnership, we project 80,000 middle and high school students will have participated in Game Change programs by the end of this school year.”

Launched in 2015 by the New England Patriots Foundation and the Massachusetts AG’s Office, 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, through the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum, is in its third year of training with students, teachers and coaches from 36 middle schools and 36 high schools, totaling 72 schools throughout Massachusetts.

 At today’s summit at Gillette Stadium, student leaders joining the program this year met and worked with Game Change captains – leaders who have implemented creative programming in their schools. Student leaders rotated through workshop sessions led by Game Change captains from Natick High School, Chicopee High School, South Shore Charter Public School and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

Game Change captains shared how their teams work together, what they’ve learned as peer leaders, and their advice for students, teachers and coaches to engage high school and middle school students, families and community groups in healthy relationship programming.   

In May, AG Healey and Robert Kraft announced that Game Change would expand to middle schools and additional high schools across Massachusetts, training students and staff in strategies to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. Those trainings began in September of this year. The third phase of the program will train an additional 700 students, teachers and coaches to prevent relationship and gender-based violence.

During the first phase of Game Change, which ran from January through May 2016, nearly 200 staff from 90 high schools and nine domestic violence organizations across the state were trained in the MVP curriculum. For the program’s second phase, which ran throughout the 2016-2017 school year, staff from MVP provided direct trainings on preventing relationship violence to students at each of the participating high schools across the state.

            In its first two years, Game Change trained more than 1,000 students, teachers, coaches and service providers in the MVP curriculum. Student leaders representing nearly 100 communities across Massachusetts are now equipped to intervene when they witness signs of violence and help other young people do the same.

Run by the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, trainings in the MVP curriculum give participants the skills to recognize the dynamics of power and control that can lead to relationship and gender-based violence. Trained students, teachers, and coaches learn how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship and when to intervene or reach out for help.

For more information about Game Change, please visit www.mass.gov/ago/gamechange or contact the Policy and Government Division at 617-963-2700.