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Outside Facilitator, Alternatives to Violence Project - Sioux Falls

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Alternatives to Violence Project - Sioux Falls


Alternatives to Violence Project Refreshers are opportunities for inmate facilitators and outside facilitators and volunteers to bring in new inmates and teach basic AVP principles, practice some elementary exercises in alternatives to violence, and to create and promote community in a harsh environment. It is a chance to sharpen skills learned in AVP Workshops (another opportunity that will be posted later, as we get past COVID-19 restrictions.) The primary requirements for outside volunteers are empathy, compassion, and an ability to listen.

1 Shift

  • morning / 08:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    Refreshers, where new volunteers and inmates can learn about AVP principles and practices

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About Alternatives to Violence Project - Sioux Falls


PO Box 2634, Sioux Falls, SD 57101, US

Mission Statement

AVP-Sioux Falls is part of AVP-USA, an association of community, school and prison-based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth, community development and creative conflict management. Founded in prison and developed from the real life experiences of prisoners, AVP encourages every person’s innate power to positively transform first themselves and then the world we live in. The Alternatives to Violence Project brings together diverse groups of people to build Dr. King’s nonviolent "beloved community". Together, we will build a more peaceful and equitable world.


The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) was founded by prisoners in the NY prison system in collaboration with Quakers in 1975. Now it has local chapters in 40 states and 20 countries. Here in South Dakota, the Alternatives to Violence Project celebrated its 100 th Workshop back in 2016, and is still ongoing. We do workshops and refreshers at the prison, and we also hope to expand AVP into the community at large.
Our workshops are experiential: we don’t lecture, instead we do exercises, brainstorms, and role plays so that the workshop participants can work things out for themselves. What you learn by doing generally sticks with you longer. We have basic, advanced, and training workshops for facilitators, and we have both inmate and outside facilitators.
Alternatives to Violence Workshops make a tremendous difference. Prisoners are able to actually have real friendships inside the prison, develop accountability for slips and/or violent behavior, and AVP has been proven to reduce violence and recidivism significantly.

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This opportunity has 1 shift


South Dakota State PrisonSioux Falls, SD 57117



  • Advocacy




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • For refreshers, 2 hours once or twice a month.
  • Empathy, compassion, and a willingness to listen and learn.

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