The Alternatives to Violence Project has been invited to do trainings in prisons in South Carolina. AVP is a program enabling participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Workshops are run by trained volunteer facilitators and are experiential (not based on lectures). These workshops greatly reduce the violence in prisons where they are held and also the rate of recidivism. We are looking for more volunteers to help lead these trainings. AVP-SC has started a program at Estill FCI and Trenton SCDC Institution; we are starting a program at DJJ in Columbia. We would love to to offer workshops to more prisons and jails, but we need more volunteers.
AVP started in prisons in the U.S.A. in 1975. Today AVP offers workshops in prisons, communities, schools, colleges and refugee camps around the world. AVP has done work in over 50 countries, 35 U.S. states, and is in 110+ prisons throughout the U.S. We have provided tens of thousands of workshops impacting hundreds of thousands of individuals.
Our workshops use the shared experience of participants, interactive exercises, games and role-plays to examine the ways in which we respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behavior and violence. AVP workshops work by creating a space of safety and trust, and a strong sense of community among participants and then generating empathy and compassion. The building blocks are Affirmation, Communication, Cooperation, Community, and Creative Conflict Resolution.