Reducing Sexism & Violence Program

We believe that all youth have the potential to become emotionally healthy, respectful, non-violent adults. However, the messages that youth, and specifically boys, receive from society can be confusing. That’s why we developed our Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP®).

RSVP® has two workshop series: one for middle school boys and one for all genders in high school. RSVP® incorporates multiple interactive learning opportunities: physical activity, peer-to-peer dialogue, sharing, role play, animated film clips, and group discussions. The workshops provide a safe space for students to consider difficult topics and create solutions for school safety.

The program is in high demand for its ability to keep students interested, engaged, and connected. It is grounded in research, evidence-based practices, and third-party evaluations.

RSVP® connects students through a social and emotional learning framework aimed at primary prevention of gender-based violence. The program engages participants in learning about and discussing interpersonal biases, gender stereotypes, gender-based violence, and up-stander intervention.

We would be pleased to bring RSVP® to your school, nonprofit organization, or community.

Two Workshops

Middle School Program

MS RSVP® is delivered in a series of four one-hour sessions to full grade levels of boys. We work with groups of fifteen to twenty boys at a time to facilitate discussion, providing a safe space for students to explore topics they might otherwise not have the opportunity to learn about.

A study by the University of New Hampshire and Rutgers University validated the positive impacts on adolescent males, including broadening their emotional capacity and shifting attitudes about male power, gender equity, and coercion in relationships. The findings were published in a peer-reviewed article in Children and Youth Services Review journal. [Summary] [Study Report]

High School Program

We deliver HS RSVP® to roughly forty students of all genders in two six-hour sessions. By empowering youth voice and building youth leadership, we give students the tools to create ongoing impact in their schools.

Multiple third-party evaluations, including one by the Maine Center for Public Health, 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. Our self-administered student evaluations show that over 95% of participants leave knowing how to safely intervene if someone’s behavior (online or in-person) makes them feel unsafe.

Schools & Organizations Served

High Schools

Baxter Academy | Biddeford | Bonny Eagle | Brunswick | Calais | Cape Elizabeth | Casco Bay | Deering | Exeter NH | Freeport | Glickman Academy | Gorham | Harpswell Coastal Academy | Hebron Academy | Kennebunk | Lewiston | Lincoln Academy | Loring Job Corps Center (Limestone) | Machias Memorial | Madison | Maine Coast Waldorf | Maranacook | Monmouth Academy | Mt. Ararat | North Yarmouth Academy | Portland | Sacopee Valley | Sanford | Scarborough | Shead (Eastport) | South Portland | Spruce Mountain (Jay) | Thorton Academy | Washington Academy (East Machias) | Waterville | Westbrook | Windham | Woodland | Yarmouth | York

Middle Schools

Bath | Camden-Rockport | Cape Elizabeth | Chewonki Waypoint | Gorham | Greely | Harpswell Coastal Academy | King | Lake Region (Naples) | Leonard (Old Town) | Lewiston | Lyman Moore (Portland) | Falmouth | Mahoney (South Portland) | Maranacook | Memorial (South Portland) | Mahoney (South Portland) | Massabesic (Waterboro) | Mattanawcook | Mt. Ararat (Topsham) | Mt. Jefferson | North Yarmouth Academy (Middle School) | Quimby (Bingham) | Scarborough | Westbrook | Whittier (Poland) | Windham


JMG 2015 Leadership Education Conference | Day One | Glickman Academy | Learning Works | Long Creek Youth Development Center | REAL School | Preble Street Teen Center