Mentors against violence

I’m a student at Helena High School, and I just finished a two-day training in the Mentors in Violence Prevention program (MVP) sponsored by Youth Connections/Safe Schools Healthy Students. I will be visiting Helena Middle School five times over the school year along with 22 other students from my school to teach others how to handle tough situations in a nonviolent and efficient way. I think it’s a pretty serious issue that lots of people see violence or know something bad is happening to someone, hear rumors, etc., and don’t take action. MVP is cool because it talks about all the different ways you can intervene and still remain safe. MVP has given me important skills to teach these lessons to eighth-grade students. There were also some people from the community who attended to support my class. So now they have some ways to be more active and responsible when they see violence happening in the community. We all have more tools to be safe.

Kylie O’Bryant

Helena

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