Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School began their journey with Mentors in Violence Prevention in the fall of 2016 and following several months of planning, implemented the program in August of 2017. Our 2019-2020 school year will kick off with over 60 high school junior and senior mentors delivering lessons in violence prevention to the freshmen class in a homeroom setting. Led by Principal Mr. Jason Kline and At Risk Interventionist Jenny Wagner, each homeroom is assigned a classroom teacher for supervision and general support.

In July 2018, our MVP team was recognized as the School Team/Organization of Character by Drake University's Robert D. and Billie Ray Center. Our team felt honored to celebrate with others across the state at an awards ceremony in Altoona and were especially grateful to share the experience with Dr. Alan Heisterkamp from UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and CRCSD's Superintendent and Associate Superintendent as critical supporters of the program. 

To learn more about MVP, please read the attached PDF "MVP Model" and check out Jackson Katz's Ted Talk.

Jennifer Wagner,
Jul 10, 2019, 7:06 AM