Our Mission

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/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 a nationwide and worldwide association of volunteer groups offering experiential workshops in conflict resolution,  responses to violence, and personal growth.

AVP is dedicated to reducing the level of violence in our society. Our goal is to reduce the level of violence by introducing people to ways of resolving conflict that reduce their need to resort to violence as the solution. The Alternatives to Violence Project is 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.

What is the AVP Program?

It is an experiential program, helping people change their lives… It is a community program, offering a new approach for community groups, businesses, social service agencies, youth organizations and all who would like to participate… It is a prison program, helping inmates learn new skills and attitudes that lead to fulfilling and crime-free lives… It is a program for everybody. Though founded by Quakers based on their belief in an inborn power for peace in everyone, it draws its participants and its trainers from all religious, races and walks of life… An AVP workshop seeks to assist people in personal growth and change. AVP is not psychotherapy. It is an intensive learning experience, offering three-day workshops on three levels:

  • The Basic Workshop
  • The Advanced Workshop
  • The Training for Facilitators Workshop