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.