It’s not always bad to “begin a new beginning”, learn from the old mistakes for a better improvement. Though it may need a push but once you get the wheels turning, a object in motion stays in motion. We have begun an amazing new project that we will soon invite the student body of Northeastern University who share the same mission as Sport in Society. The mission to use sport to help promote social change, I will not totally speak to much on it right now but keep a look out for this new beginning. I’m excited to see how it will all play out for those who involve themselves. HUSKIES FOR SPORT IN SOCIETY!!!!!
My name is Conor Ebbs and I’m a third year Psychology student at Northeastern. I’m very happy to have gotten placed at Sport in Society for my first co-op, as I’m sure the skills I acquire during my time here will transfer well to whatever I go on to do next. It’s been a pretty busy 3 months so far, but I’ve very much enjoyed my time here. Between capacity building and teen program development at the YMCAs and our time spent tutoring on the Verizon Mobile Learning Lab, I feel like we’re certainly making an impact on the community.
Last week however, we took a short hiatus from our busy schedule to attend a 3-day Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training facilitated by Jarrod Chin and Michelle King. The purpose of the training was to take educators and leaders through the program, teach them how to facilitate the curriculum, and then have participants lead the rest of the group through a mock facilitation. I very much enjoyed the training, and am proud to say that I am now licensed to facilitate the MVP Curriculum. In fact, an opportunity has recently arisen for me to possibly go back and run the program at my old High School in Newton, MA. I’m unsure if I will be able to do it yet, but it would certainly be an interesting experience to go back to my old school and help future leaders recognize their potential.
I’m fascinated by how aware the program has made me. I’m more aware of gender inequalities in the media, advertising, and television. I’m more aware of the pedestal that violence gets placed on by our society. And I’m now painfully aware of the steps that must be taken in order to affect such drastic change on our culture. At the flip side of the same coin, I also understand how difficult it can be to take the necessary steps to make an impact, and that it’s not always easy to stand up to friends and peers and take the unpopular side of an argument. Unfortunately though, that’s exactly what is necessary in order to begin to change society’s views on violence. People in leadership positions, people that are looked up to, sports figures, politicians, team captains, school leaders; they all need to stand up for what they believe in and what they know is right, and the rest of the world will follow.