In-Depth Workshops

Because Memorial Day is early in 2020, we will not have any pre-conference activities due to of conflicts with the Pace commencement exercises on May 21.

Monday Morning Workshops

On Monday morning we have scheduled special three hour breakout sessions: Proposed topics include:

Introducing the Manly Awareness Workshop
The workshop will be introduced by a powerful film, “The Mask You Live In” that explores how American masculinity is harming our boys, our men and their relationships.

The workshop helps build healthy relationships by exploring male role models as a child, the difficult seven steps of adolescent development and the manly path of life as an adul. 

It focuses on the goals of Social Responsibility, Spiritual Growth and Emotional Maturity. Women are also invited. A workshop manual is available.
Facilitated by Fred Feucht

Aiki AVP Breakout Session
Would you like to be more effective in resolving conflict? Perceptions influence body movements and body movements influence perceptions. In Aiki AVP, we understand emotions as actions in the body. In debriefing, we change “what did you feel?” to “what did you do in your body?”

Through a series of somatic exercises, we deepen understanding of the role of the body in conflict and conflict transformation. 
Facilitated by Anne Wallace-DiGarbo, Chris Campbell, Bill Leicht and Kevin King. Limit 20 participants.

Trauma-Informed AVP Workshops
Trauma resiliency concepts and tools can inform and support our AVP workshops, including expectations of facilitators, basic definition and elements of trauma, and a few critical activities. The agenda includes significant elements of key AVP activities plus a few suggested additions to the basic workshop. 
Facilitated by Nadine Hoover and Kins Aparece.   

Afternoon Board Visioning
From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
In this session,  participants will have the opportunity to work with the AVP-USA Committees to discuss Strategic Plan goals for AVP-USA.  The Creative Design projects that were developed during the Friday Open Board Retreat will be integrated into the Strategic Plan and individuals will have the opportunity to express ideas, concerns and reservations about each of the goals for AVP-USA moving forward.

Tuesday Post Conference Events

Coming Home with AVP       
Tuesday, May 26 , 11AM -2 PM 
Osborne Association, Manhattan   

In April 2016, 120 suspected gang members were arrested in New York in the largest gang sweep in US history.  The Osborne Association, supported by the Manhattan DA’s office, is using AVP to mentor young men caught up in the raids as they re-enter society after prison. 

This post-AVP/USA conference session will be led by TNT Haywood, one of the early Green Haven insiders, and his team of young AVP facilitators, some of whom have participated in the past 2 AVP national gatherings. 

The program will take place  place from 11 am to 2 pm on  Tuesday, May 26 at the Osborne offices , 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, Suite 108, New York,  4 long blocks from the 125th St. Station, by train from Pleasantville  Tee Haywood, Osborne youth facilitator

Learn more about the range of services provided by Osborne Association at   

Learn more about the gang re-entry program in the latter part of the article Reforming Communities through Personal Pain.    
By John Philp

Tee Haywood  

Prison Visit (yet to be confirmed):      
8:00 AM  to 4:00 PM

We are working on a prison visit at one of the 5 NY correctional facilities within an hour’s drive of Pleasantville.  

Sign up if you want to be included if the visit materializes.   The $10 fee will be refunded if we do not have a prison program.