Community-Based AVP Workshops
Community-Based workshops have been on-going on the East and West coasts of the U.S. for over two decades in some places. Beause we live in a tragically violent society, with rates of violence much higher per capita than European or Scandinavian countries, we have a greater need for learning how to resolve conflict and hold order in our communities. Violence at our places of work, in our schools, on our streets, and in our homes takes a high toll on all of us, diminishing our resources, raising our level of insecurity, providing our children with terrible role models and inappropriate behaviors.
Many inmates have voiced similar, heart-felt concern that their lives “could have been different if AVP workshops had been available when I was younger.” It is out of this recognized need that many of us are working to establish community workshop programs in our Iowa cities, churches, colleges, schools, and civic organizations.
If you would like to learn more about how this program can become available in your community, please contact AVP/Iowa or one of the coordinators of a program near you. We would be pleased to discuss this with you or your group. We are called upon frequently to talk about how this 35-year old program of all-volunteers are reaching out to provide alternatives and better choices to help all of us resolve disputes and rancor for better outcomes and a more peaceful community.
An AVP workshop can help you to:
- understand why conflict happens
- manage strong feelings such as anger and fear
- deal more effectively with risk and danger
- build good relationships with other people
- communicate well in difficult situations
- be true to yourself while respecting other people
- recognize the skills you already have and learn new ones.