Minority Violence Prevention 88 Project (MVP 88)
Who we are: Research project currently serving seniors at Edison and Northwestern high schools
Where: Little Haiti, Liberty City, Pinewood, Westgate, Westview and Biscayne Park
Goal: Reduce the existence and impact of violence
Violence is the use of physical force or power to harm others, and it is a serious public health problem, particularly with today’s youth. This can include fighting, bullying, threats with weapons and gang-related violence. A young person can be involved in violence as a victim, offender or witness.
Dedicated to commemorating the 88 teens killed by gun violence in Miami from 2014-2017, our Minority Violence Prevention 88 Project falls under our Positive Youth Development Pillar of Service. It is a four-year study designed to reduce violence, aggression and substance use.
In school, after-school and summer camp youth are taught skills to help them make healthy choices. The program provides a safe, healthy and stimulating environment that will help them succeed in all aspects of life; academically, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
Through MVP 88, we teach students how to cope with stress, explore their creativity and increase their self-esteem. Mentors also share their experience, knowledge and advice, and youth travel to places on field trips that are new and exciting.
Activities include physical activity, learning how money works and how to prepare for a job. We partner with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 100 Black Men of South Florida (mentorship and supplemental programming), The Motivational Edge (audio recording and music production), Mosaic Miami (Capoeira/physical activity and culture) and many other local organizations.
Research activities are completed by Florida International University’s Community-Based Research Institute. 100% of MVP is financed with federal funds. MVP is a $1.7 million-dollar project over four years. Grant number 5 YEPMP170095-04-00 from the Office of Minority Health.