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Invent2Prevent

Program Overview

Invent2Prevent (I2P) is an innovative, experiential learning program that challenges high school and college students to design, implement, and measure the success of a unique initiative, product, or tool that addresses acts of targeted violence, hate crimes, or terrorism in their specific communities. The Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) recognizes the value of the I2P program and has provided full program funding to the Eradicate Hate Global Summit, EdVenture Partners, and Credence Management Solutions to guide, coach, and support teams throughout the program period.

Invent2Prevent projects aim to:

  1. MOTIVATE or EMPOWER a defined target audience to become involved in preventing targeted violence, terrorism, and hate crimes.
  2. LEVERAGE social media or digital platforms to drive rich engagement with a target audience and catalyze a network to get involved in preventing targeted violence and terrorism.
  3. PROPOSE a product, tool, or initiative with a strong call to action to prevent targeted violence, terrorism, and hate crimes.
  4. OPTIMIZE the sustainability and scalability of the project to continue its progression and evolution beyond the program term.

Invent2Prevent follows a public health approach to preventing targeted violence, terrorism, and hate crimes. Teams are challenged to consider not only how they might prevent targeted violence, terrorism, and/or hate crimes, but also how to empower positive messaging that advocates for something, such as community connectedness, inclusivity, mentorship, or the accessibility of prosocial activities. Projects build evidence-informed solutions that address targeted violence through a strengths-based approach that bolsters protective factors.

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Of students believe they have a role to play in preventing hate-based violence or school shootings

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Of students fear hate-based violence or school shootings

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Of students see or hear expression of hate against minority groups at least once a week

Nationwide Reach

Since Invent2Prevent’s inception in Spring 2021, more than 1,200 students have participated. One hundred and thirty-eight high school programs have been formed across 26 states. I2P programs have also taken place at 119 colleges and universities in 32 states, including six HBCUs and 11 universities serving majority Black and Brown populations.
i2p map of participants

Semester Competitions

Each semester, collegiate and high school teams’ I2P projects enter a competition for cash prizes. DHS selects the top three high school projects to compete for awards of $5,000 for first place; $3,000 for second place; and $1,000 for third place. Similarly, DHS selects the top three collegiate projects to compete for awards of $10,000 for first place; $5,000 for second place; and $3,000 for third place. The competition takes place in Washington, D.C., providing students the opportunity to pitch their project ideas to subject-matter experts and high-level government officials.

The following finalist teams will compete in the Spring 2024 competition:

Collegiate Finalists:
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO) – “The C.R.A.N.E. Project”
Ohio Dominican University (Columbus, OH) – “Shelve the Hate”
University of Maryland (College Park, MD) – “Infoasis”

High School Finalists:
Englewood STEM High School (Chicago, IL) – “Mind Over Mad-Her”
Penn Manor High School (Millersville, PA) – “Friday Fun”
Urban Assembly (Brooklyn, NY) – “Bridging the Gap”

The final competition event for the Spring 2024 teams will take place in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2024, from 10am to 3pm EDT. The event will be livestreamed.

Twenty-five colleges/universities and 37 high schools across the nation participated in the Spring 2024 Invent2Prevent program.

Spring 2024 I2P Collegiate Teams:
American University ● Arizona State University ● Boise State University ● California State University, San Marcos ● Delaware State University ● Embry Riddle Aeronautical University ● Indiana University South Bend ● Iowa State University ● Marshall University ● Missouri State University ● Montana State University, Billings ● Nichols College ● Ohio Dominican University ● Quinnipiac University ● St. John’s University ● University of Arizona ● University of Central Oklahoma ● University of Maryland (START) ● University of Massachusetts, Amherst ● University of Massachusetts, Lowell ●University of North Dakota ● University of Rhode Island ● University of South Florida ● University of Wisconsin Whitewater ● Wright State University ● Xavier University of Louisiana ●

Spring 2024 I2P High School Teams:
Agawam High School ● Amory High School ● Bronx Compass High School ● Central Park East High School ● Chesapeake High School ● Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts ● Clifton High School ● Concord High School ● East Orange STEM Academy ● Englewood High School ● Excel Academy of Roseland ● Farragut Career Academy IB World School ● Genesee Valley Central School ● Giles High School ● High School of Health Sciences ● High Tech High School ● Hillcrest High School ● Hulbert High School ● Jones Leadership Academy of Business ● KM Global ● Michelle Clark Magnet High School ● Newark Vocational High School ● North Panola Career and Technical Center ● Northern High School ● Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology ● Percy Julian High School ● Penn Manor High School ● Ridgeview High School ● Riverside University High School ● Rome Free Academy ● Salamanca High School ● Shaker High School ● Springfield High School ● The Renaissance Charter School – Elmhurst ● The Renaissance Charter School – Jackson Heights ● Toledo School for the Arts ● Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women ● Wantagh High School ●

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas gives pre-recorded opening remarks for the Spring 2023 Invent to Prevent Final.

Students from Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy present their “My Room” project during the Spring 2023 I2P competition. They won 2nd place for high school teams.

A student from Passaic County Technical Vocational Institute presents their “Ending Instability” project during the Spring 2023 I2P competition. They won 3rd place for high school teams.

Bill Braniff, Director of DHS Center for Prevention, Programs and Partnerships gives remarks during the June 2023 I2P competition alongside Tony Sgro, CEO of EdVenture partners.

The high school finalist teams, Glassboro High School, Thomas, Jefferson Arts Academy and Passaic County Technical Vocational with their mentors after receiving 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.

Samantha Vinograd, Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention, and Law Enforcement policy in the Department of Homeland Security, giving remarks during the 2023 Invent to Prevent Spring competition.

The team from Xavier University of Louisiana presents their project “Still We R.O.S.E.” during the June 2023 Spring I2P competition. They won 1st place for collegiate teams.

A student from Johns Hopkins University team presents their project “My Vibe Check.” They won 2nd place for collegiate teams.

The collegiate finalist teams, Xavier University of Louisiana, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University after receiving 1st,2nd and 3rd place awards.

The Xavier University of Louisiana team placing in 1st with their project, “Still We R.O.S.E.”

The 1st place collegiate and high school teams, Xavier University of Louisiana and Glassboro High School after being presented their awards.

The McCain Institute hosted a briefing for DHS Senior Leadership, during which students presented their innovative project ideas to senior leaders for feedback. Brette Steele, Senior Director of Preventing Targeted Violence at the McCain Institute gives opening remarks.

Hala Furst, Associate Director for Strategic Engagement, DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships speaking with the Xavier University of Louisiana team about their project “Still We R.O.S.E.”

The Glassboro High School team speaking with a DHS Senior leadership official about their “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” initiative.

The team from Passaic County Technical Vocational Institute briefing a DHS Senior leadership official on their project “Ending Instability”.

Students from Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy speak with Susanna Marking, National Campaign Manager for “If You See Something, Say Something,” U.S. Department of Homeland Security about her career.

DHS senior leaders as well as staff from the McCain Institute, EdVenture Partners, and Credence Management Solutions, LLC, pose with the students and faculty members of the six finalist teams for the Spring 2023 competition.

Students and faculty members of the six finalist teams for the Fall 2023 competition.

Students from Burlington Township High School in New Jersey present their project “CTRL + ALT + DELETE Cyberbullying” during the Fall 2023 I2P competition.

A panel of judges, all subject matter experts from the U.S. government, non-profits, and business, ask students clarifying questions about their projects during the Fall 2023 I2P competition.

Iowa State University students won first place in the Fall 2023 competition for their project “MIND SPACE.”

Students from the Louisiana Youth Advisory Council placed 3rd in the Fall 2023 competition with their original children’s book, Thao, Pradeep, and Carolina.

Students from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies team that placed 2nd in the Fall 2023 competition with their AI tool, “Project Gravity.”

Students and faculty members from North Panola Career and Technical Center in Como, MS. The team place 1st in the nation for the Fall 2023 semester with their project, “Peer No Pressure”.

The University of Nebraska Lincoln team won 3rd place in the Fall 2023 competition with their project “Safe Space Nebraska.”

Students from Burlington Township High School in New Jersey placed 2nd in the Fall 2023 competition for their project, “CTRL + ALT + DELETE Cyberbullying”.

Join the EHGS I2P listserv to stay up-to-date on the Invent2Prevent program. Follow the progress of teams each semester on social media at Facebook, YouTube, X, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Sustainment Program

The I2P Sustainment Program serves as an incubator for promising I2P collegiate projects. Following their initial I2P semester, top-performing teams can participate in Sustainment, during which they receive an additional year of mentorship and $10,000 in seed funding to scale and sustain their projects long-term.

Many I2P teams successfully leverage their sustainment year to grow their class projects into fully-fledged organizations. To date, 13 teams have participated in the I2P Sustainment Program. So far, four of those teams have secured a total of approximately $1.9 million in long-term funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Read more about standout teams that have participated in our I2P Sustainment Program.

DUCC LogoD.U.C.C. (Developing and Using Critical Comprehension) – American University, Washington, DC
Spring 2022 Sustainment Cohort

D.U.C.C. is an educational tool for combatting inaccurate information that threatens our security through critical comprehension skills. The D.U.C.C. program cultivates digital literacy among at-risk youth through a comprehensive approach making them less vulnerable and less likely to engage with extremist content online. The D.U.C.C. program consists of online resources and tools equipping students with the critical thinking and emotional intelligence skills needed to identify dangerous behaviors online. Students, parents, and teachers can access the program through an online hub. D.U.C.C. received $784,275 from the FY23 TVTP grant program to continue their work. Learn more about D.U.C.C.

BeSEEN logoBeS.E.E.N.N. (Be Students Encouraging & Empowering Native Nations) – University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Spring 2022 Sustainment Cohort

BeS.E.E.N.N. is an educational program and movement that assesses how invisibility issues can lead to Native Americans becoming targets of violence by hate groups and discrimination. Be S.E.E.N.N. educates users about Native Americans and their cultures to lessen the perpetuation of stereotypes, racism, and targeted violence. Their education module allows students to earn a Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion badge upon completion. Be S.E.E.N.N. received an FY23 TVTP grant award of $386,682.78 to create new cultural modules. Visit the Be S.E.E.N.N. project here.

diverting hate logoDiverting Hate – Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA
Fall 2021 Sustainment Cohort

Diverting Hate uses strategic targeting, fueled by network analysis and a database of known misogynistic terms and profiles, to divert susceptible men away from dangerous paths and towards resilience-building tactics. These tactics live on the Diverting Hate website, which is carefully curated to incorporate community groups focused on men’s well-being, sense of belonging, and community. Through diversion tactics that disrupt algorithmic radicalization pathways down misogynistic rabbit holes, Diverting Hate helps men to choose different, healthier paths. The team studies the ways in which radicalization proliferates online and prevention methods to help individuals build resiliency. Applying through Arizona State University, Diverting Hate received an FY22 TVTP grant of $659,327 to continue their research and diversion tactics. Learn more about Diverting Hate.

h2i logoProject H2i (How to Inform) – Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
Spring 2021 Sustainment Cohort

Project H2i (How 2 Inform) aims to foster critical thinking and teach kids to recognize indicators of misinformation, prompt verification of news and claims before sharing, and stop the spread of dangerous falsehoods online. H2i works with students in grades 6 through 8 across the state of Illinois. Through H2i’s TikTok contest, youth deconstruct inaccuracies in memes. H2i uses a call to action – “Verify B4 U Amplify!” – to inspire students to verify information in a meme, post, picture, or story, to ensure they are not spreading falsehoods that could potentially lead to targeted violence. H2i received an FY22 TVTP grant for $157,707 to develop an educator toolkit and conduct teacher trainings to support media literacy education in classrooms. Learn more about Project H2i.

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