January 2016 updates: please note our new postal address! Note that Peace Between People, the Washington AVP organization is merging into the organization Projects for Civil Society. We have not had enough volunteers to be as active as we would like in the regional prisons. Please consider joining us!
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 emphasize 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
"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).
Alternatives to Violence Project 40th Anniversary 2015
AVP was founded 40 years ago at Green Haven Prison in Dutchess County, NY. Now, we carry out workshops in 25 states and 40 countries. We are a worldwide community of several thousand facilitators and participants who use our tools to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect, community-building, cooperation and trust.
There are exciting developments in AVP USA. We are creating a Presidents Council of prominent men and women who offer their support and advocacy for our work. Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, respected activist for civil rights and social justice, is our first member. We have expanded our leadership to include a Committee of younger facilitators. A re-entry planning group is working on a new and more energetic role for AVP in the lives of returning citizens.
In our 40th year, we want to recruit more facilitators. . .add more programs. . .take our programs to people in remote and low-income areas. . .share our models of success. To do all this, we need to reach out to make new friends and ask for help from financial supporters. Please consider joining us by making a donation on our national website. www.avpusa.org. You can also send your support directly to AVP USA:
Alternatives to Violence Project
1050 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
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 information.)
Currently, AVP workshops are being offered at Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, WA. These workshops are open to those who would like to train to be volunteer facilitators. We hope to resume workshops at Twin Rivers Correctional Unit. Occasionally workshops are held in the community as well.
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 further 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, conflict 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.firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, Forgiveness, 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, team-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 encouraged 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 facilitators join a team with more-experienced facilitators who can offer coaching and feedback. For more information, call (425)-213-6399 or email us at AVP-WA.email@example.com.
Workshop Schedule Information:
In-prison workshops are three days, Friday through Sunday, 8 am-5 pm each day.
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 required; 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 (425)-213-6399 or email us at AVP-WA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 internationally. 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 inmates.
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 (425)-213-6399 or email us at AVP-WA.email@example.com.
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) California http://www.avpcalifornia.org
updated June 20, 2014
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