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Alternatives to Violence Project Facilitators Education

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Last updated on October 21, 2014

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a prison program that is helping inmates learn new skills and attitudes that lead to fulfilling and crime-free lives. AVP is an experiential program, helping people change their lives. 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. It is an intensive learning experience, offering three-day workshops on three levels: (1) the Basic Workshop, (2) the Advanced Workshop, (3) the Training for Trainers Workshop:

  1. The Basic AVP Workshop is an intensive, three-day learning experience, which teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills through a series of step-by-step processes. These experiences in small groups and one-to-one interactions build a sense of community and trust. AVP workshops seek to assist individuals in personal growth and change. AVP is not psychotherapy. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.
  2. The Advanced AVP workshop focuses on the underlying causes of violence, both in ourselves and in the world we live in. It is designed to give participants opportunities to rebuild community, review in depth the concept of Transforming Power and proceed to set individual and group goals for the focus of the remainder of the workshop.
  3. The Training for Trainers Workshop is reserved for those who expect to be active volunteer facilitators in community &/or prison workshops. This workshop focuses on developing team building, leadership methods, and group process skills. Participants will work in small groups, actually functioning as facilitator. You will receive guidance and practice in facilitating all parts of a Basic Workshop.
In cooperation with the DOC the AVP programs are being coordinated by two private, non-profit citizen prison volunteer organizations. Presently the AVP program is active in 7 Department of Correction facilities and will soon expand. The recruitment of additional volunteers is necessary to meet the current needs and future expansion of the program.

Volunteers will be required to attend a Department of Orientation program.

This opportunity is sponsored by: Department Of Correction

This volunteer opportunity is available to the following types of volunteers
Older Adults  Adults (26-54)
We need volunteers who are free at these times
Weekdays  Weekends
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This volunteer opportunity addresses the following social interests
Education & Literacy

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Bill Milhomme, Director Of Volunteer Services, (phone), (email)
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Milford, MA 01757
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Volunteering in the prisons has been inspiring and has deepened my spiritual llife enormously.
 The Alternatives to Violence Project workshops provide experiential community building and skills in communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution. In facilitating these workshops for the last 15 years, I have profoundly experienced the power of individuals to overcome years of isolation, distrust and fear to build a community based on respect and caring. I now direct a small non-profit dedicated to bringing volunteers into the prisons and to being a voice for prisoners outside the wall.
posted by Natural Nancy on October 17, 2008

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