Sioux City Project


Mentors in Violence Prevention Sioux City 2012

Having invested in primary prevention of violence since the 1990’s, the Waitt Foundation announced the creation, in 2005, of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention.  To further imbed and research our initiatives in relationship violence, school bullying, and workplace bullying over time, we looked to the beginnings of “boots on the ground” pilot programs happening already with our hometown community of Sioux City, Iowa.

With access that only comes with long term trusted local partnerships, and the guidance of national partners, we slowly expanded these programs to create seamless violence prevention initiatives pre-k through 12, and built up efforts throughout the community to support this.  Although we began implementation of bystander programs (MVP) in 2000, in our pilot school, and followed with two other high schools in the next few years we escalated our efforts starting in 2006 and 2007, and began yearly surveys of over 5,000 students in 2008.  By 2011, all school buildings k-12 had violence and bullying prevention curriculum.

Our partners in this research, Dr. Alan Heisterkamp, and the University of Northern Iowa Center for Violence Prevention , were essential in assisting us collect and  analyze the data gathered over the years.

What we have learned over the years is summarized in the Power Point, the 2011 White Paper written by Dr. Alan Heisterkamp and Dr. Michael Fleming, the film clips by Lee Hirsch, Astrea Productions and Markay Media, and a short video bt Natalie Heisterkamp, a former Mentors in Violence Prevention leader and mentor.



    • First pilot 19 pre schools
    • Pilot high school MVP
    • All high schools MVP
    • Public ed parents survey
    • Middle school 1 pilot
    • Coaching Boys into Men
    • Pre survey secondary
    • Middle school 2 pilots
    • District strategic plan
    • United Way joins
    • Elementary pilot schools Second step
    • Survey secondary
    • All middle schools begin
    • Teen suicide prevention
    • All community bully town hall
    • School staff anti-bullying
    • Anti-bullying coalition
    • Next group elementary
    • All community task force
    • Increased media support
    • Project Dissemination
    • Pilot VP University future teachers
    • Teen Suicide prevention public ed
    • All community TBP showing