The Athletics and Wellness Director for the Wakefield Public Schools and WAAV member, Brendan Kent, applied for and received a grant regarding Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership. Game Change is an innovative approach to violence prevention education. The program is funded by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. It provides training in anti-violence strategies to students, faculty, and coaches at 90 public high schools (and we are one of them!).
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. Wakefield HS was chosen for Phase 2, and received a more in depth, on-site training for 30 students. Participating students were trained as peer educators in anti-violence strategies. The trainings were run by the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University. MVP uses a sport-themed curriculum and employs collegiate athletes and former professional athletes as trainers. Teacher Kim Margolis currently oversees the MVP youth.