Community Champions

Our free, quarterly violence prevention trainings are open to Minneapolis residents.

Be a Community Champion

Do you want to help curb violence in your community but not sure how you can?  The City of Minneapolis provides a one-day class for this. The name of the training is Minneapolis Violence Prevention Community Champion Institute; more commonly called the MVPCC Institute. 

The class is:

  • Free
  • Open to adults who live or work in Minneapolis
  • One 5-hour training session
  • Held on a Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Offered roughly every 3 months
  • Held at various locations in Minneapolis
people in classroom attending violence prevention training

During the training

Participants will learn:

  • An understanding of what’s involved with preventing violence
  • Skills needed to engage in violence prevention
  • How to apply skills with a racial and social equity approach

Additionally, participants will learn:

  • An understanding of the public health approach to violence prevention
  • How negative experiences can impact a child’s development and response to stress
  • De-escalation and conflict resolution skills

After the training

Once you complete the training, you’ll be part of the community champions.  You’ll be prepared to start preventing violence in Minneapolis. There are continued opportunities for involvement.

Graduates will:

  • Receive a certificate of completion
  • Have access to violence prevention resources
  • Be invited to attend monthly spotlight trainings to continue to build your skills
  • Have continued support and networking opportunities with community champions

Past trainings

Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

University of Minnesota

Training session

Register to attend


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Time of event

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Room 105
Minneapolis, MN

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Public Service Building

City of Minneapolis

Training session


Saturday, February 12, 2022

Time of event

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Public Service Center
505 4th Avenue South, Room 100
Minneapolis, MN

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Contact us

Office of Violence Prevention





Minneapolis Health Department
250 4th St. S., Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday