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2011 AVP/USA National Gathering
MAY 27 - 30


         Building Communities
            Welcoming Diversity
               Exploring New Tools for the Future


Belmont, California

The Notre Dame de Namur University campus
is settled in the peaceful,wooded community of Belmont, California—just south of San Francisco, at the northern edge of the Silicon Valley. It’s within walking  distance of coffee houses and ethnic restaurants. NDNU’s modern facilities give us a chance to look ahead while being rooted in AVP’s incredible past. We are glad to be supporting a university committed to community engagement and the values of social justice and global peace.

SAVE $55 by registering before March 26th!

Keynote Speaker
Laura Magnani - Author of
Beyond Prisons:  A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System

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In-Depth Workshops

We are excited to announce two In-Depth workshops.  The first one is entitled Gender Awareness and the other Sociodrama: An Alternative to Conducting and Debriefing Role Plays.   Both of these workshops were highly attended break out sessions last year. Check out the separate page entitled In-Depth Workshops for more information.  You must pre-register for these workshops.

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Building Our Communities:

Community is front and center with AVP. Explore training and support of your local
facilitators; organizing yourselves as a group; empowering and preparing your replacements; and energizing and expanding community outreach.

Welcoming Diversity:

Diversity is the lifeblood of any AVP community. Learn more about tapping into the youth community; keeping the formerly-incarcerated fully involved; assuring the broadest racial and cultural bases; welcoming those with hearing, sight or physical challenges; and empowering volunteers with literacy or limited English-speaking issues.

Exploring New Tools for the Future:

Moving forward is a key to AVP vitality. Take the plunge into fully using new media; finding volunteers on VolunteerMatch.com; making Facebook work for AVP; making Wiki a tool for organizing and writing; Skype for conference calls; and sharpening your database skills.

Keynote Speaker

Laura Magnani

Laura Magnani is Interim Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee, Pacific Mountain Region.  Most of her work, going back to the 70s, has been in the area of criminal justice. From 1971-1979 she was the lobbyist for the Friends Committee on Legislation in Sacramento, California, working on a broad range of issues including equal rights, housing, criminal justice, and militarism. She is author of America’s First Penitentiary:  A Two Hundred Year Old Failure (2000), and Beyond Prisons:  A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System  , that analyzes the racial, social and economic underpinnings of the criminal justice system and explores new models of justice. In addition to her job at AFSC she is adjunct faculty at Starr King School of the Ministry, teaching classes on prisons and prison ministries.


Friday evening dinner, May 27, through Monday lunch, May 30

Start off Friday night with an evening of laughter, sharing our successes, renewing friendships and making new facilitator-friends. Take time to enjoy a stroll on one of the many trails surrounding the University.

Saturday, the sharing deepens as we explore more methods of implementing AVP exercises and workshops, ways to promote community workshops, as well as working with prison and department-level staff. Discover what AVP/USA committees do and how you can participate.

Sunday features more workshops and the AVP/USA Annual Meeting. Find out how AVP/USA is moving forward and how you can be a part of the next steps.

Monday, stay until lunch for a morning of catching up on what you missed either with repeat workshops or small Dialog sessions—
to ask questions and get answers on your specific issues.