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WAAV meets the third Wednesday of each month at WCAT Studios located at 24 Hemlock Road at 8:30am.
The Athletics and Wellness Director for the Wakefield Public Schools and WAAV member, Brendan Kent, applied for and received a grant regarding Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership. Game Change is an innovative approach to violence prevention education. The program is funded by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. It provides training in anti-violence strategies to students, faculty, and coaches at 90 public high schools (and we are one of them!).
In the spring of 2016, nearly 200 people representing 90 schools and nine sexual assault and domestic violence service organizations were trained in the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum. This spring phase 2 begins and 34 schools, Wakefield HS being one of them, will receive a more in depth, on-site training for 30 students. Participating students will be trained as peer educators in anti-violence strategies. The trainings are being run by the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University. MVP uses a sport-themed curriculum and employs collegiate athletes and former professional athletes as trainers.
In March we held a local White Ribbon Reception at the Beebe Library. The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end gender based violence against women. This year we had leaders in our community lead the pledge that men will help become part of the solution in stamping out domestic violence. Members of the football team hung white ribbons on the light posts downtown.
Each year in April WAAV sponsors The Yellow Dress presentation to the junior class at the high school. The Yellow Dress is a dramatic one woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence. The carefully constructed program stimulates thought provoking discussion about relationships; a topic important in every young person’s life. It tells the story of a young woman’s relationship that begins as young love, full of passion and promise- and ends in tragedy.
In July we are sponsoring a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD self-defense) class to the females graduating from high school in June of 2017. The class is 12 hours long held over four evenings. The final night is simulation night, where the young women will put their newly acquired skills to use. For more information or to sign up, please contact Officer Jason Skillings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In October of 2016 we held our first annual 5k race around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. Through our many generous sponsors and runners, we were able to raise over $7,000! These funds allowed us to purchase various gifts cards that are held at the police department and distributed to victims of domestic violence in need. It is also covering the RAD class which we hope to offer annually to the girls graduating high school.