Conflict Resolution Model Program – VPP

Conflict Resolution Model Program

Leadership’s Violence Prevention Project (VPP) is rated the top leadership-themed violence prevention program in the country by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). VPP is an evidence-based, empirically-validated, in-school intervention proven to improve conflict resolution skills in middle and high school classrooms and communities.

Awards for The Leadership Program’s Violence Prevention Program/Curriculum (VPP):

  • Our VPP curriculum was awarded a “Promising” designation and has been designated the highest rated leadership-themed universal adolescent violence prevention program in the country by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices (NREPP)
  • VPP is also 1 of 35 violence prevention programs in the country designated a  “Promising Program” by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
  • VPP is also listed on the Model Programs Guide of and
  • Leadership was named 1 of 5 organizations in the nation that significantly enhances positive school culture  as part of a Department of Defense research projectheaded by Dr. Robert Blum of John’s Hopkins University entitled “Best Practices: Building Blocks for Enhancing School Environment”

Program Results For our Violence Prevention Program include:

1. 70% of the teachers that implemented this program in their classrooms found that the overall classroom environment improved particularly in the areas of violent incidents and anti-social behavior.

2. After working with The Leadership Program’s Violence Prevention Project, teachers said:

  •   student aggression declined (60%)
  •   student self-esteem (75%) and cooperation (72%) increased
  •   communication amongst students increased (74%)
  •   problem solving increased (68%)
  •   following directions increased (68%)
  •   goal setting increased (63%)
  •   students’ use of leadership skills increased (76%)

3. Students showed statistically significant increases in supporting peers, and in conflict resolution skills reducing verbally & physically aggressive tactics.

4. 96% of the students enjoyed their experience with their Leadership trainer and saw them as a positive adult role-model.

5. For 84% of students, VPP had a positive impact on behavior, self-esteem, leadership skills, and their classroom environment; in addition 93% had a good to excellent experience participating in the program.

* As reported by independent evaluator Dr. Gerald Landsburg, DSW, MPA-Professor and Director of the Institute Against Violence at the Ehrenkranz School of Social Work of New York University to SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices (NREPP)

Program Results For our 100% Safe and Drug-free Schools Program include:

Over a three year period (3-years at one school and replicated in 2 additional schools for 2 years) the target schools on average experienced a 67% total decrease in the frequency of violent incidents; similar NYC schools reported a reduction rate of less than 3% per annum over the same period. Attendance at the target high schools increased 3.7% compared to 2.0% at control school. All schools received the VPP curriculum for students and training for staff.

* As reported by independent evaluator Sandy Weinstein, Ed.D, MSW, Professor of Health Education, New York University as reported to US Department of Education.

National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Named a Promising Program on the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

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What VPP looks like

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VPP is implemented in twelve, 45-minute weekly sessions that are facilitated by an experience Leadership Trainer in partnership with the classroom teacher. The lessons are scaffolded through the curriculum components and adapted to meet participant and school needs to ensure the highest impact.

Each 45-minute lesson includes a warm-up exercise, a main activity, and a closing arts- or service-based activity, and meets Common Core Learning Standards in ELA and New York State SEDL guidelines. Students participate in group work, including role-plays, trust games, cooperative efforts, and group discussion.  The activities are processed using the Experiential Learning Cycle (Pfeiffer & Jones, 1983), which ensures that students leave the lesson with tangible skills and knowledge that can be applied to real life. The program concludes with a cooperative arts or service-based final project.

Our curriculum provides a wide array of engaging and dynamic learning experiences during our 12 in-class visits (ex: role playing, trust development, cooperative work groups) directed at helping young people to:

  • Respond to conflict through nonviolent means
  • Understand the consequences of violent behavior
  • Enhance their interpersonal communication skills and self-esteem
  • Increase their understanding and appreciation of their own and other cultures
  • Acquire leadership skills, including goal orientation, personal responsibility, social responsibility, and academic self-confidence

VPP is available for implementation outside of the tri-state area with a slightly different set up. Prior to the project implementation (in most cases) a team of Leadership staff will work with your school’s schedule and needs to train a team of your staff on the curriculum and implementation process. After training, a contact from our team will be available for you with any follow-ups that come up, and booster sessions are available as needed. Scroll a bit further down to see exactly what’s included with the partnership.

If there is a regionally-based VPP Certified Facilitator in your area, they are able to come in and partner with your school staff to facilitate the project.

The curriculum is framed in the experiential learning cycle (Pfeiffer & Jones, 1983), with Common Core Learning and SEL Standards-linked lessons in the core components adapted to meet participant and school needs. Each 45-minutes of the 12 weekly lessons include an aim, objective, vocabulary, warm-up, main activity, closing discussion and processing questions to reflect on the day’s activities and meet the lesson objective. The program concludes with an arts-based or service-based final project cooperatively created by all participants.

In addition, schools receiving the program will receive:

  • Curriculum training
  • Administrator training
  • Curriculum manuals
  • Facilitator guides
  • Administrator guide
  • Sample lesson DVD
  • Bi-annual webinars
  • Technical assistance
  • Administrative, programming, and evaluation coaching

The Leadership Program’s Model Program Violence Prevention Project increases peer support, improves conflict resolution skills, and alters norms about using aggression and violence through classroom-based curricular delivery. The program teaches middle and high school youth to manage conflict effectively and build resilience to violence and dangerous risk factors that impact their lives. VPP has been proven in over 5,000 classrooms over ten years. Our facilitators are heavily trained, are lessons are highly interactive and evidence-based, and the implementation of the program is supported with a user-friendly tracking system.

Did you know…?

  • 61% of Middle School students stayed out of a fight at least once because of what they learned in their Leadership Program Violence Prevention class
  • Middle School students in the program showed an 85% increase in investment in schoolwork because of their positive relationship with the Leadership Trainer

Results of multi-year aggregated survey data for Middle School students from the 2005-2009 school years indicate. The following changes after a maximum of 12 sessions with each group of students:

  •    improvements in peer support behavior
  •    reductions in tolerance for aggressive behavior
  •    improvements in conflict resolution skills
  •    reduced use of verbally and physically aggressive, and antisocial conflict resolution tactics

Program objectives include:

  • Students will demonstrate effective conflict management skills.
  • Classrooms will become productive learning environments.
  • Students and teachers will build positive inter-personal relationships.
  • Teachers will be able to integrate standards-based violence prevention curriculum into their classroom lessons.