The Alternatives to Violence Project/USA

Transform Conflict

Who We Are

A grassroots, worldwide movement dedicated to building peace in ourselves and in our homes, schools, institutions and communities.  We seek to release everyone’s innate power to positively transform ourselves, and in so doing, transform the world.

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What We Do

Our workshops use the shared experience of both participants and facilitators to examine how injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behavior and violence.  We explore our innate power to respond in new and creative ways.

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How AVP Helps

An AVP Workshop facilitator’s view:
“AVP is about people from all different backgrounds coming together to be in community. When I see participants making themselves vulnerable by sharing and being open to change, I am inspired to manage my own conflict better.  We are all transformed, and that transformation ripples outward throughout our communities.”

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What’s AVP Doing?

Rally the Peacebuilders

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

It’s time to take a stand against violence and hate. Support Alternatives to Violence Project’s very first Peace Fellowship.

Annual National Gathering

February 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Our yearly conference this year will be held in Denver over Memorial day.

Philadelphia Schools Big Bet on Nonviolence

July 18th, 2013|0 Comments

In a desperately poor, dangerous part of town, Memphis Street Academy decided to ditch its metal detectors and focus on supporting students. Violence dropped by [...]

When You Hear the Word Violence

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

When you hear the word violence, what comes to mind?  This video, produced by AVP Facilitator Blaze Nowara, features commentary by workshop participants and facilitators [...]

PeaceTalks on NPR

July 29th, 2011|0 Comments

Peace Talks Radio, the anchor program of Good Radio Shows, Inc., recently devoted a one-hour program to AVP. The segment features interviews with former inmates [...]

What Workshop Participants Say

If there is such a thing as a miraculous change, then I can truthfully say that it was through AVP. I began to grow from a person filled with hate, anger and despair into a person who believes that he, too, is responsible for the protection, preservation and enrichment of humanity.
Robert Martin, Formerly Incarcerated AVP Facilitator
I learned to use the tools that AVP taught me in my everyday life. I am a new man and I love it. Transforming Power really works. I have begun life anew.
Community Participant
Through the program I learned communication with my family and friends that I never thought existed….I learned trust again.
Community Participant
Friends asked me why I attended an AVP workshop, since I didn’t seem like a violent person. A lot of violence I carry is directed towards myself in the form of self- criticism. AVP is helping me see that and is helping me change.
Community Participant