Reducing Sexism and Violence Program

Reducing Sexism and Violence Program for Boys and Girls age 13-18: RSVP is a leadership program that empowers students to play a central role in ending gender-based harassment, abuse, and violence. We use real-life scenarios supplemented by exercises and activities to help students learn to challenge traditional construction of gender roles and intervene as they recognize potentially harmful situations.

The RSVP leadership program is delivered in a series of (4) three-hour workshops to groups of 30-40 male and female students.

What others are saying about RSVP:
Multiple 3rd-party evaluations have found RSVP to be highly effective at changing attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs about sexism, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence. Over 75% of respondents showed an increased willingness to intervene as bystanders in gender violent situations.

The Maine Women's Fund has recognized RSVP as a program that directly supports thier vision of creating a just and caring society in which Maine women and girls thrive so communities prosper.

High Schools served:                                                 

  • Biddeford  
  • Bonny Eagle  
  • Calais  
  • Casco Bay  
  • Deering  
  • Freeport  
  • Gorham 
  • Hebron Academy 
  • Lewiston  
  • Loring Job Corps Center (Limestone)
  • Machias Memorial  
  • Madison  
  • Monmouth Academy
  • Mt. Ararat
  • North Yarmouth Academy  
  • Portland  
  • Sacopee Valley  
  • Sanford 
  • Shead (Eastport)
  • South Portland 
  • Spruce Mountain (Jay)
  • Washington Academy (East Machias)
  • Waterville  
  • Westbrook  
  • Windham  
  • Woodland  

Middle Schools served:

  • Camden-Rockport
  • Lake Region
  • Lewiston
  • Lyman Moore (Portland) 
  • Mahoney (South Portland)
  • Maranacook  
  • Memorial (South Portland)
  • Mahoney (South Portland)
  • Mattanawcook
  • Mt. Ararat (Topsham)
  • Mt. Jefferson
  • North Yarmouth Academy (Middle School)
  • Westbrook
  • Whittier (Poland)

JMG 2015 Leadership Education Conference serving ~80 schools 


  • LearningWorks
  • Long Creeek Youth Development Center
  • Preble Street Teen Center
Reducing Sexism and Violence Program
Point of View
I will never see things the way I did before.

Neil P.
16 yrs

RSVP is real kids talking about real issues.

15 yrs

Now, I'll question another guy's motives for making sexist comments and challenge him on it.

Jason M.
16 yrs

RSVP gave us time to talk… We learned not only to respect each other but our opinions as well.

Anonymous student
Limestone Job Corps 2012