[i] The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a Grassroots, International, Volunteer Movement committed to reducing interpersonal difficulties in society. The core values of AVP recognise the worth of every individual and affirm the power of each person to use reason and co-operative skills in responding creatively in their interpersonal relationships. AVP works toward its goals by presenting experiential workshops in communities, community organisations such as churches, schools, youth groups, prisons, government, business and other organisations.
The AVP Mission is to empower people to lead positive, productive individual and community lives through affirmation, communication, co-operation, community building, and transformation. It is dedicated to teaching the peacemaking skills and techniques that were used by Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
Founded in and developed from the real life experiences of participants, AVP encourages every person’s innate power to positively transform themselves and the world. AVP workshops present pre-emptive conflict management skills that can enable individuals to build successful interpersonal interactions, gain insights into themselves and find new and positive approaches to their lives. They provide experiences of respect for oneself and others; of speaking truth and listening with an open mind; of co-operation and the benefits of diversity. Those who have completed all levels of training become skilled and experienced leaders. The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) was started in the USA in 1975 and now operates in over 30 countries around the world, including South Africa (AVPSA) since 1995.