Upperclassmen Amy Searle, Jocelyn St. Marie, Dee Brayton, Debbie Lyons, Jon Globke, Zach Roberts, Danielle O’Leary, Jeannine Wood and Jodie Dresser facilitated the MVP Program, guiding the incoming class to a healthy college experience.
Incoming Students Introduced to the MVP Program
Several current New England College students spent their Labor Day working with incoming first-year students and transfers to introduce them to their new campus and prepare them for a successful college experience. The students, Amy Searle, Jocelyn St. Marie, Dee Brayton, Debbie Lyons, Jon Globke, Zach Roberts, Danielle O’Leary, Jeannine Wood and Jodie Dresser, were trained in 2006 by the MVP program run by Northwestern University to work as facilitators with their peers to address the mentor violence prevention and basic bystander intervention.
This is the second year that the MVP program has been an event in the first-year orientation at New England College. The MVP group held three sessions and worked with over 125 incoming students to address the issues and possible scenarios that new students may encounter not only in their college years, but everyday life.
“The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program, founded in 1993, motivates student-athletes and student leaders to play a central role in solving problems that have been historically been considered “women’s issues”: rape, battering and sexual harassment. Utilizing the bystander approach to intervention, the MVP Program views student athletes and student leaders not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers.” –MVP Trainers Guide, 1994
This year the MVP students plan to extend their work on campus by holding group sessions with a variety of different student groups on campus. As a group that is make up of juniors and seniors, they are also looking for students who would like to be trained at facilitators and become part of this specially-trained group. If you are a student who is interested in getting involved or would like to recommend an NEC student, please contact Kristie Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 428-2401.