Peace Between People

Alternatives to Violence Project of Washington


Peace Between People
PO Box 14541, [NOTE CORRECTED BOX NUMBER] Seattle, WA 98114
Phone: (206) 971-9500
E-mail:
AVP-WA.pbp@juno.com

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Who We Are

Peace Between People is the local "Alternatives to Violence Project" (AVP) organization, part of an international network offering experiential workshops in creative conflict resolution and personal growth. AVP's transformative workshops emp hasize community building, communication skills, problem solving, affirmation of self and others, and cooperation.

Peace Between People conducts workshops in the Washington State Prison system and for organizations, churches, and other community groups. Peace Between People is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, many of whom have been involved in this work for over a decade.

A unique aspect of our approach is that we train inmates to become facilitators, so all the prison workshops are led by teams comprised of both inmates and volunteers from the community

"Life-changing!"

"What a great way to spend a weekend!"

"I can see new possibilities now, besides reacting in anger like I always have...."

"If I had done something like this in high school, I wouldn't be here now." -an inmate.

Peace Between People / Alternatives to Violence brochure revised September 2005, pbpbrochure0905.doc (MS Word document).

AVP Workshops

Peace Between People offers a series of three workshops teaching the skills of creative conflict resolution to enhance relationships and develop communication skills. Through Alternatives to Violence Project workshops, participants:

Improve listening skills and practice clarifying their own needs
Build self-esteem and respect for others;
Discover options for problem solving;
Build community and foster cooperation; and
Gain insights on anger and motives.

Taken as a series, the Basic, Advanced, and Training-for-Trainers workshops prepare individuals to facilitate AVP workshops in prisons, schools, organizations, and the community. (Interested? Contact us to request an information packet.)

Currently, AVP workshops are being offered at Twin Rivers Correctional Unit and at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, WA. These workshops are open to those who would like to train to be volunteer facilitators. Occasionally workshops are held i n the community as well.

Note winter/spring 2011: Workshops are currently suspended as the prisons are instituting new procedures following the murder of a corrections officer. We send our condolences to all who were affected by this act of violence, an d hope that our program will be reinstated soon.

Alternatives to Violence Project facilitators are also available to offer weekend workshops for your group. In the past we have worked with youth groups, churches, and other community organizations. Please contact us for f urther information.

WORKSHOPS DESCRIPTIONS .

BASIC AVP WORKSHOP description

Learn how to improve relationships and discover new responses in conflict situations through this participatory, experiential three-day workshop. The AVP Basic workshops focus on community building, confli ct resolution, and communication skills, and are held at the Twin Rivers Unit or Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, WA.

Participation is the first step to be considered for the Training for Trainers workshop, which is held at least once a year. Workshop fees $40 - $200 (sliding scale, according to income); no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If interested, click here and send an email requesting an information packet. (If email link does not work, send an email to AVP-WA.pbp@juno.com, or contact us by mail or phone.)

ADVANCED AVP WORKSHOP description

Three-day Advanced AVP workshops build on the skills introduced in the Basic workshop and revolve around a theme that is chosen by the workshop participants. Past themes have included Anger Management, Dealing with Prejudice, Forgive ness, and Connecting with Self and Others.

AVP TRAINING-FOR-TRAINERS (T4T) WORKSHOP description

This intensive three-day workshop provides more information about AVP philosophy as well as experience in facilitating AVP exercises in a supportive environment. Interactive exercises help participants develop skills in group facilitation, t eam-building and conflict resolution. Applicants must have participated in at least an AVP Basic workshop and be recommended for the "Training for Trainers" workshop by the workshop facilitators. Prior participation in an Advanced workshop is strongly enc ouraged as well. Currently, Peace Between People is only offering the T4T workshop to people willing to make a commitment to facilitating AVP workshops in prisons. Participation in this workshop is followed by a supportive apprenticeship, as new facilitat ors join a team with more-experienced facilitators who can offer coaching and feedback. For more information, call (206) 517-4047 or email us at AVP-WA.pbp@j uno.com.

Workshop Schedule Information:

We do not currently have any workshops scheduled. Please send an email to AVP-WA.pbp@juno.com, or contact us by mail or phone if you want to be notified about workshops.

In-prison workshops are three days, Friday through Sunday, 8 am-5 pm each day.

Basic AVP Workshops are offered approximately 12 times a year; Advanced workshops are offered five or six times a year. A "Training for Trainers" (T4T) is held at least once a year. Peace Between People sponsors workshops at two prisons in Monroe. The Washington State Reformatory ("WSR") workshops are held on the 3rd weekend of most months. The Twin Rivers Unit workshops are held on the 4 th weekend of most months. Consider expanding your AVP experience by doing a workshop in prison. You will be provided with a current workshop schedule when you inquire about volunteering.

who we are | AVP workshops |volunteer
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Join Our Team-Volunteer!

We're looking for people of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, walks of life, sexual orientation, and physical abilities to join our facilitation teams. Prior facilitation or formal conflict resolution experience are not require d; if you are committed to finding alternatives to violence and have a desire to make a difference, check out the workshops described above. Through AVP, you can:

Provide and utilize a unique opportunity for personal growth and transformation.

Learn facilitation and conflict resolution skills that you can use at home and at work.

Help create a more peaceful society.

Enhance your career prospects.

Gain the satisfaction of bringing hope, empowerment, and new skills to prisoners and community members alike.

For more information, call (206) 971-9500 or email us at AVP-WA.pbp@juno.com.

Our roots

The Alternatives to Violence Project grew out of a workshop devised in 1975 by a group of inmates in Greenhaven Prison in New York, in collaboration with the Quaker Project on Community Conflict. Since then the program has spread nationally and interna tionally. AVP's goal is to reduce the level of violence by introducing people to positive and effective nonviolent ways of resolving conflict. Over the decades, these workshops have provided hope, respect, and opportunities for growth for thousands of inm ates.

Support Our Work

Peace Between People is supported by funding from Washington State's Inmate Betterment Fund and from individual contributors. If you are considering a donation and would like more information about how our programs impact inmates and help to transform their lives, please contact us. Peace Between People is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization; donations are tax-deductible. For more information, call (206) 971-9500 or email us at AVP-WA.pbp@juno.com.

For more information about AVP's programs, history, and impact, visit the National AVP site. You'll also find links there to sites describing AVP programs all around the world.

web site for national AVP - http://www.avpusa.org
AVP/USA
1050 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
888-278-7820
avp@avpusa.org
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) California http://www.avpcalifornia.org
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