HopeLine® from Verizon awards grant to UNI Center for Violence Prevention

Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Alan Heisterkamp, director, Center for Violence Prevention, 319-273-3545,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) will extend its bullying and gender violence prevention education and training to five additional school districts in Iowa thanks to HopeLine® from Verizon. This partnership has allowed the CVP to conduct trainings that teach the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) model to secondary school students, faculty and community partners. MVP training teaches techniques on how to be an active bystander and how to be a leader in preventing all forms of violence and abuse.

"This generous grant allows the Center for Violence Prevention to continue its mission to work closely with school and community leaders to create safe and respectful school environments and neighborhoods - free from bullying and gender violence," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention.

Verizon partnered with UNI to launch the center in 2011 and has contributed more than $135,000 in funding to support bullying and gender violence prevention programming in more than 20 school districts across the state – reaching over 5,000 students annually.

"We have supported the UNI center because of the statewide impact their work is having in Iowa," said Seamus Hyland, president, Great Plains Region for Verizon. "We know starting at a young age and involving entire communities leads to meaningful change in violence prevention." 

Training dates for the Mentors in Violence Prevention model are scheduled to take place at Waukee High School on Dec. 10 and 11, 2015, and at Fort Dodge High School on Jan. 11,12 and 15, 2016.

For more information on MVP and bystander education, contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or For more information on the HopeLine program visit,