To empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust.
Founded in and developed from the real life experiences of prisoners and others, and building on a spiritual base, AVP encourages every person’s innate power to positively transform themselves and the world.
AVP is a nationwide and worldwide association of volunteers. AVP/USA is an association of community based groups and prison based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth and creative conflict management. The national organization provides support for the work of these local groups
AVP is dedicated to reducing the level of violence in our society by introducing people to ways of resolving conflict and reduce the perceived need to resort to violence as a solution. Our workshops are designed to create successful personal interactions and transform violent situations. We’re dedicated to teaching the same non-violent skills and techniques that were used by Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We do our training where violence is found. Our workshops target:
- Work places
- National and International disputes
Because it is not religiously based, and because the workshops are based on the experience of the participants, it has been successful across divergent cultures and among people from widely divergent class, ethnic, educational and social backgrounds.
We are currently offering workshops in correctional institutions and civil communities in over 40 U.S. states and in more than 20 countries world wide.