Our Mission

To build an international movement of creative conflict resolution built on affirmation, respect for all, community, cooperation and trust.

AVP-USA is an association of community, school and prison-based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth, community development and creative conflict management.

Founded in prison and developed from the real life experiences of prisoners, AVP encourages every person’s innate power to positively transform first themselves and then the world we live in.

Alternatives to Violence Project brings together diverse groups of people to build Dr. King’s nonviolent “beloved community”. Together, we will build a more peaceful and equitable world.

We train where violence is found:

  • Prisons
  • Communities
  • Schools
  • The Workplace
  • Our Homes
  • Our Lives

Our workshops target:

  • Incarcerated Citizens
  • The Abused and Bullied
  • Gangs
  • The Homeless
  • Families
  • Everyone

AVP in the USA

AVP is active in 33 states. Venues have been diverse: Prisons and jails, churches and businesses, homeless and family shelters, youth clubs and alternative schools.

AVP in the World

AVP is active in 45 countries, including such regions of conflict as Sudan, Palestine, Burundi and Rwanda. Workshops have been held with Israelis and Palestinians, and Hutu and Tutsi in the same workshops, learning to respect and reconcile with each other.