What is Santa Barbara AVP?

About Santa Barbara Alternatives to Violence

Organization’s Mission

To empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation and trust.

Through an international network of local chapters, Santa Barbara AVP facilitators — all trained volunteers — offer workshops in prisons and schools as well as in the community for all who would like to reduce the level of unresolved conflict in their lives and the lives of those around them.

Santa Barbara AVP offers Basic, Advanced, and Training-for-Facilitator Workshops. Workshops are fast-paced, weaving together interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, role plays, humor and games.
Santa Barbara AVP is:

An experiential program, helping people change their lives.
A community program, offering a new approach for community groups, social service agencies, schools, youth organizations and all who would like to participate.
A prison program, helping inmates learn new skills and attitudes that lead to fulfilling and crime-free lives.
Santa Barbara AVP builds upon a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others.
Though founded by Quakers, Santa Barbara AVP draws participants and trainers from all religions, races, sexual identity, and walks of life

Want to Get Involved?


Santa Barbara AVP workshops are organized and supported by dedicated volunteers throughout the Santa Barbara County who collectively give tens of thousands of hours of time each year to help change lives, families, and communities for the better. There are many ways to volunteer and/or support Santa Barbara AVP!
Become a Facilitator

Facilitators are the core of Santa Barbara AVP, planning and conducting workshops. Anyone can become a Santa Barbara AVP Facilitator by taking the three Santa Barbara AVP workshops – Basic, Advanced, and Training for Facilitators (T4F).

Depending on the location, it may be possible for outsiders to participate in inside (prison) workshops. Please get in touch with the council near you to get involved.
Other Ways to Support Santa Barbara AVP:

Provide Administrative Support
Provide Hospitality – often Facilitators travel far and need a place to stay while facilitating workshops.
Provide Transportation
Provide Food & Workshop Logistics: especially in the community, it can be difficult and/or expensive to find a good space in which to offer workshops, supplies (paper, pens, etc), food and drinks, helping to find participants, and other tasks.

Let us know if you would like to help out!
Download A Volunteer Application now!
Santa Barbara AVP funders, partners and supporters:

Santa Barbara Unified School District
Fund for Santa Barbara
Lompoc Federal Prison
J.S. Bower Foundation
Santa Barbara Friends Meeting ( Quakers)
Valle Verde Retirement Community
Towes Foundation
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