The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)
is a volunteer-run conflict transformation program. Teams of trained AVP facilitators conduct experiential workshops to develop participants' abilities to resolve conflicts without resorting to manipulation, coercion, or violence.
Typically, each workshop lasts 18–20 hours over a two or three-day period. The workshop events place a strong emphasis on the experiences that participants bring into the room, building confidence that everyone contributes something of value to violence prevention. AVP groups and facilitators are active in communities and prisons across the United States and in many other countries
AVP-Maine is looking for volunteers interested in being trained to facilitate weekend workshops in Maine’s prisons/jails. Workshops focus on making non-violent choices to manage conflict through a better understanding of communication options and building self esteem, empathy and community. We are currently offering workshops for men and women at the Maine correction Center in Windham, ME.
This video, produced by AVP Facilitator Blaze Nowara, features commentary by workshop participants and facilitators on the impact AVP has had.