Educational or Curriculum

The Leadership Program’s Violence Prevention Project (VPP)

Initiative Description: The Leadership Program’s Violence Prevention Project (VPP) – a 12‐session program consisting of explicit curriculum‐based classroom instruction designed for adolescents to promote a range of communication skills associated with violence prevention and alter classroom norms about aggression and violence.

Study Results: VPP buffered negative beliefs and behavior in a wide range of violence‐related outcomes including peer support and tolerance for aggression. VPP also promoted positive conflict resolution skills by reducing the use of verbally and physically aggressive resolution strategies.

Reference: Chauveron, L. M., Thompkins, A. C., & Harel, O. (2012). Urban youth violence prevention: effectiveness of a scaled-up practice to research program. Journal of Children’s Services, 7(4), 246–26.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good