Through an international network of local chapters, AVP facilitators — all trained volunteers — offer workshops in prisons as well as in the community for all who would like to reduce the level of unresolved conflict in their lives and the lives of those around them.
AVP offers Basic, Advanced, and Training-for-Facilitator Workshops. Workshops are fast-paced, weaving together interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, role plays, humor and games.
- An experiential program, helping people change their lives.
- A community program, offering a new approach for community groups, social service agencies, schools, youth organizations and all who would like to participate.
- A prison program, helping inmates learn new skills and attitudes that lead to fulfilling and crime-free lives.
- AVP builds upon a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others. Though founded by Quakers, AVP draws participants and trainers from all religions, races, sexual identity, and walks of life.
This short video provides a view into an AVP workshop that took place circa 2012. While the statistics cited may need updating, the content is still on point.
In the USA, most states have at least some AVP presence. See the AVP-USA website for updated information. In some states, AVP is very active with many local councils, and dozens or hundreds of workshops per year. In other states, the AVP presence may be only a few facilitators working in one or a few prisons and/or community settings.
THE AVP Approach
Internationally, AVP is present in around 50 countries. Please visit the AVP International website for more information. The following timeline reflects the growth of AVP over time.