AVP-USA National Gathering 

Pace University in Pleasantville, NY 
Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 to 25, 2020

   About the Gathering

  •   Engage in conversation about criminal justice
      system reform with two outstanding keynote                speakers, Khalil Cumberbatch, the
    Chief
      Strategist at New Yorkers United for Justice
    ,
       and Scott Semple, the retired Commissioner of
       Corrections for Connecticut.
  •   Observe a segment of the Ritual for Return, a rite
      of passage ceremony for those returning from 
      prison, and hear how the experience has
       changed lives.
  •   Go deeper in a 3-hour Monday Mini-workshop: Aiki
      AVP - Embodied Peacemaking,
    Trauma-Informed
      AVP Workshops, Manly Awareness or others.
  • IShare ideas at the World Café and learn about
      many 
    ways to participate in AVP-USA’s work.
  • IChoose from more than 25 breakout sessions
      bringing new ideas and exercises to AVP 
    and
      consider being on the facilitation team for one
      of them.
  • INetwork with AVP facilitators from around the
      country and around the world.
  • IGuide the future of AVP with committee meetings at
      the Friday open board retreat and the AVP-USA
      annual business meeting.
  • IParticipate in off-campus post-conference activities
      on Tuesday, May 26. 
  • IMeet old friends and make new ones.
      For a complete schedule for the conference go to
                         
   the Program Page 

 

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2020 Vision for the Future
  •    We have a vision of accompanying returning
       citizens on their re-entry to the free world.
      

  •    We have a vision of reducing violence in our society,
       in our communities, in our schools and in our prisons.
  • We have a vision of creating a more inclusive and diverse organization.

  • We have a vision of finding the financial resources that will be needed to support the growing and expanding AVP program.

  • We have a vision of finding new facilitators who will help to expand and grow the AVP program throughout the country.

  • We have a vision of new exercises, new workshops and new technology for the future.

  • We have a vision of new programs to reach new groups including veterans, schools, immigrants, gangs and other diverse groups.

  •  We have a vision of reforming the criminal justice   system.






             To register for the conference go to the
                               Registration
 Page