WHAT IS AVP?
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Starting with a bit of history
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) began in 1975 as a collaboration
between inmates in Green Haven Prison and Quakers interested in working
with youth gangs and teens at risk. This successful, ongoing program quickly
spread throughout New York State prisons and then to other states as a
prison program and as a community program for people from all walks of
life. AVP is active internationally in countries on all inhabited continents.
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How does it work?
Through an international network of local
chapters, AVP facilitators — all trained volunteers —
offer workshops in prisons as well
as in the community for all who would like to reduce the level of unresolved
conflict in their lives and the lives of those around them.
AVP offers Basic,
Advanced, and Training-for-Facilitator Workshops. Workshops are fast-paced,
weaving together interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, role
plays, humor and games.
- An experiential program, helping people change
- A community program, offering a new approach for
community groups, social service agencies, schools, youth organizations
and all who would like to participate.
- A prison program, helping inmates learn new skills
and attitudes that lead to fulfilling and crime-free lives.
AVP builds upon a spiritual base of respect and caring
for self and others. Though founded by Quakers, AVP draws participants
and trainers from all religions, races, sexual identity, and walks of
life. Click here for more information about Workshops and other ways to
Local groups are connected through an informal California collective of
representatives, who bring together facilitators to produce successful
workshops. They assist one another by exchanging ideas and working on
specific California AVP issues. Until local groups are established throughout
the state, the AVP/CA Steering Committee functions as the statewide contact
for opening new prison and community programs, as well as developing direction
for AVP in the state. Click here for minutes of Steering
Committee and Annual Meetings. Click here for an overview
of the AVP/California program. Click here for AVP/CA By Laws and Policies.
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Events for Facilitators
An Annual Meeting of AVP/CA is held at the annual
Fall Facilitator Gathering, first held in 2004.
AVP USA brought its national gathering to California
at the Headlands Institute on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, 2005 when
AVP/California was established as a separate entity. AVP/CA is a 501-C(3)
under the aegis of AVP USA