"I started going to the Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) in August of 2008 on the invitation from a friend who thought that I would enjoy what AVP had to offer. He was right and Ive been attending regularly ever since. At the start of attending AVP I discovered that in the AVP circle everyone is equal. AVP participants come from all walks of life. It doesnt matter if the volunteer is from the outside community or if they are an offender. Several volunteers are victims of violent crimes and they will also say that all AVP participants are equal to each other. At the first opportunity I participated in the weekend long Basic Level workshop. This workshop was approximately 33 hours long. This length of time was necessary in order to form a strong emotional community between the participants so that trust, respect and caring would be created to the most possible extent. the exercises that were presented gave me more tools in my effort to rid violence from my life
What AVP Means to me...