WE NEED YOUR HELP

This year we hope to raise $10,000.  We’re a volunteer non-profit organization and rely on the generosity of donors like you for our program.
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AVP SUPPORTS

AVP-USA supports 116 volunteer groups in 32 states by providing infrastructure, education, research, outreach and seed money to help groups start new programs; updates and translates AVP Manuals and so much more. We need your support now more than ever!

The Scariest Thing.........

One of the scariest things for a person living in prison to deal with is getting transferred to another facility.  When Bob found out he was being transferred to Eastern Correctional Institution, he felt a sudden chill go through his body.  He had often been warned by the officers, “If you don’t behave we will ship you to ECI.”  When he got off the bus at ECI he was very apprehensive, but as he walked through the gates he saw a group of men who were helping each other out and treating each other with respect.   He said to himself, “I don’t know who these guys are, or what group they belong to… I just know I want to become part of it.”
The men Bob witnessed were part of a vibrant Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) community that has developed at ECI for over 20 years.  What was once a notoriously violent prison facility, today, boasts the lowest numbers of monthly use of force incidents across the state prison system. AVP works!


 

AVP IS GROWING!

AVP TRANSFORMS LIVES AND BUILDS COMMUNITY.

In order to accomplish a rising demand for workshops, we have set a goal to raise $10,000.  Many supporters have pledged a monthly donation that goes directly toward the continuation and expansion of these programs. You can do this too!
Thanks to you and generous donors like you, AVP volunteer facilitators inside and out of prison trained well over 14,000 incarcerated men and women in non-violent community building skills in 32 states in 2015 alone. Imagine how many have been trained across the US since AVP began in 1976!

AVP WORKS INSIDE AND OUT OF PRISON

It is critical to provide these men and women with ongoing training and expand the AVP program to more communities.  Over the last 5 years we have increased workshops to more non-prison settings: community groups, schools, women’s shelters, veterans, religious groups, teens, and mental health groups. We’ve introduced Spanish language workshops and there were 22 in California alone in 2015!  We’ve recently introduced Trauma Workshops to get closer to root causes of violence.

RE-ENTRY IS THE KEY

Over the past decade, the focus of prison funding has wisely shifted to re-entry programs.  We want to help more returning citizens gain skills that will aid them in their transition back to society.  AVP is a proven way of developing these skills.  But what about those with no hope of getting out?  This question has often been asked of the “inside facilitators” (incarcerated men and women who have been trained to facilitate the AVP program).  Their response?  “I need to have a life, a life worth living, where I feel I can contribute in a positive way, in a community based on respect!”
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