Haverhill High School VIP

Haverill VIP - Violence Intervention and Prevention LogoViolence Intervention and Prevention—VIP—was started at Haverhill High School in 2005 as a one-time, peer-led youth anti-violence conference. The effort has grown into a well-established leadership program involving both high school and middle school students dedicated to promoting peace and respect throughout the schools and community. From the original high school initiative, the program expanded to include Jr. VIP teams at all four middle schools. The Haverhill High School VIP Team was fortunate to have an evaluation partner from Boston University, funded through the Charles E. Shannon Grant. We are proud to have received recognition as a model program for other communities seeking to help youth develop alternatives to prevent violence. This strength-based model provides support, leadership training and opportunities for young people to become involved and connected with caring adults and positive youth leaders. The ongoing connection empowers youth to become active, engaged members of their communities serving as role models and peer mentors. As many VIP members claim, “VIP is not a program- it’s a lifestyle!”