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AVP Development in Antelope ValleyEarly Years
AVP - Antelope Valley was founded in 2005 by Rossie Johnson, Diana Couch and Doug Couch to provide workshops in Lancaster, Palmdale, and the surrounding area, in association with AVP-California and AVP-USA, Inc. Early workshops in Antelope Valley included those facilitated in a private home, in facilities on church property, in nonprofit buildings such as the Boys and Girls Club, and in facilities part of St. Joseph Manor's home for single mothers. AVP-Antelope Valley participated with Maxine Shiltz and Linda Vasquez in the early work of this project, both of whom helped promote AVP workshops and provided facilities. Gradually, we worked with individuals in the Greater Los Angeles Area, notably Judy Walker, and as far away as San Luis Rey, as well as with other AVP groups in Santa Monica, Pasadena and Claremont, and Mike Stapleton from Tucson, Arizona.
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Become an Apprentice AVP Facilitator!
This men's prison at Tehachapi has been an awesome experience for all who go. We have terrific inmate facilitators and always have a positive experience. Workshops last Fri - Sun, leaving Lancaster around 1:00pm Fri and returning around 7:00pm Sunday. AVP California covers food and lodging so you just need to bring yourself. Call Diana to get clearance papers at least 2 months before the orentation. Requires you have a current TB Test.
CLEARANCE (required for those with no brown card)
If you plan on facilitating any workshop at CCI between now and April 2013 and don't have a brown card, you will need to:
- have a current TB test (within 1 month of your application)
- fill in the TB test form
- have your doctor sign the TB test form
- fill in the visiting form (blue form.pdf)
ORIENTATION (Brown Card Training)
Once a year, we have an orientation at Tehachapi. It is a class with other administrative staff sometime in September from 7:30am- 3:00pm after which you will receive a brown card that will allow you to come to and from workshops without having to go through the Visiting Center and metal detectors. If you plan on coming 3 or more times through the year to facilitate, and can attend this orientation , you will need to fill in the 12-page orientation form.
You will also need to take a TB test (current within one month of application date) and have your doctor fill in the paperwork (TB Test).
Please send all the information to me: The sooner the better.
43759 15th St. West #22, Lancaster, Ca. 93534
Call Diana at 661-942-3025 to help you answer any questions on the forms. E-mail Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your intentions to get a brown card or just to facilitate so I can expect your paperwork. When I get a date for the orientation, we can firm up everything. (Note: orientation is usually on a Wednesday)
A San Bernardino AVP group is training to hold workshops in San Bernardino and the Inland Empire area. The new group is sponsored by AVP - Los Angeles / Santa Monica.
Peace Talks Radio, the anchor program of Good Radio Shows, Inc., recently devoted a one-hour program to AVP. The segment features interviews with former inmates James Alexander and Carl Irons, and with Pat Hardy, director of AVP California. AVP works! Listen to the interview to see how AVP transformed the lives of two former inmates. Listen here: Peace Talks Radio Interviews
- NEW RESOURCE: the Transformer Web Site - The issues of AVP-USA's newsletter, the Transformer, have been made searchable by title text content, and article text content.
LIBERIA - Assisting in bringing AVP to Liberia is an informal project of AVP-AV, and we're happy to report that we've been able to be a small part in that overall effort, and that many AVP Apprentice Facilitators have now been trained, and additional workshops are planned in June 2013 by facilitators from variously, Connecticut, USA, London, UK, and Nigeria.
KOREA - First Workshop by Korean Facilitators
GUATEMALA - AVP International Gathering 2011