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AVP History
The Alternatives to Violence Project, also known as AVP, started in 1975 when New York prisoners decided that enough was enough and that it was time to address the violence in society. They reached out to Quakers to develop a nonviolence program and concentrated on the youth first in order to try and help teach them an alternative to the violence that they knew.

After developing the program within prisons, it soon became apparent that it was needed in the community too as everyone in all walks of life and circumstances is exposed to and participates in violence in some way, whether it be physical or psychological. AVP is now in over 40 states, 50 countries, and 25 California prisons. In Stockton, there are monthly community workshops in which volunteer facilitators go into Mule Creek State Penitentiary.

What it's like
The AVP program is fun and effective volunteer-led workshops that teach communication, conflict resolution, and community building skills. The workshops are useful and beneficial for everyone, whether on an individual level, for organizations, families, youth, inmates, or any member of the community seeking positive growth. Many participants begin the workshop thinking that they are there for others and soon realize that they are actually receiving something themselves. And the feedback is consistent-- It's fun! Participants leave knowing there is more that ties us together than separates us.

The workshops are experiential and interactive, so participants don't just sit back and listen, they engage! The activities are meaningful, reflective, and energizing. They are run by trained volunteers, known as facilitators. Volunteers begin by participating in a basic workshop and then follow up with an advanced workshop. The third workshop is to train facilitators. After these three workshops are completed, volunteers have the opportunity to begin facilitating as an apprentice. Facilitators practice important skills that are transferable to work and personal life. Each workshop is approximately 20 hours in duration, and often they are scheduled over two days of a weekend, but weekday workshops are available as well.

Volunteering
If you are passionate about changing your community and want to have fun doing it, AVP may be a good fit for you! Your life and mentality will be changed for the better, even with just one workshop.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or for further information. We would love to discuss this important work with you!

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About Alternatives to Violence Project - Stockton

Location:

234 E. Fremont St., Stockton, CA, CA 95202, US

Mission Statement

AVP is a program working to reduce violence by learning about relationships, communication, and conflict resolution through workshops in prisons, jails, and the community. We are a volunteer-run, non-profit, organized by local volunteers. We invite you to learn about AVP, take a workshop, and even become a volunteer facilitator!

Description

Through an international network of local chapters, AVP facilitators - all trained volunteers - offer workshops for all who would like to reduce the level of unresolved conflict in their lives and the lives of those around them in prisons as well as in the community and with youth. AVP offers Basic, Advanced, and Training-for-Facilitator Workshops. Workshops are fast-paced, weaving together interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, role plays, humor and games.

AVP is:

  • An experiential program, helping people change their lives.
  • 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. AVP draws participants and trainers from all religions, races, sexual identities, and walks of life.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Location VariesStockton, CA 95208

(37.99236,-121.28445)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Data Entry
  • Adult Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Problem Solving

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Each workshop is approximately 20 hours.

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