AVP Development in Antelope Valley
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.
AVPAV News & Events
Upcoming Mini-Workshops & Events
Watch for upcoming Resources Fair with parolees (see below). Call Diana Couch for event schedules which never make it to this web site, at 661-942-3025...or ask her to email information to you periodically by getting on her email list. Just ask to be put on the list by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS: What's Happening? Local • State • National • International
Resources Fair style meetings for parolees are planned to start soon on a monthly basis, and AVP-Antelope Valley plans to be there offering information about our workshops. Facilitators are invited to attend, hand out materials and talk to parolees about our program. Call Diana Couch for further information at 661-942-3025.
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 2014 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)
The prison must receive this information by the 20th of the month previous to your going in and clearance will be good through the end of April 2014. Check with us for the most current procedures and forms.
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).
Forms: Orientation • TB Test • Blue Form
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 email@example.com 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
If you are an AVP Facilitator or Apprentice, please consider registering for the AVP-L national workshops and exercises discussion list. The Registration link can be found toward the bottom right of the home page at AVP-USA. An additional list is also available there called Facilitators Free Forum (FFF), for expressing longer, philosophical, or topics which are peripherally related to AVP and what makes it better at assisting people with transformation of self and others. Archives of both lists are also available as a valuable resource. You might also take a look at the national newsletter, the Transformer. Archives as well as subscription information for the newsletter are found at the Transformer web site.
LIBERIA - Assisting in bringing AVP to Liberia, an informal project of AVP-AV, reports that we've been able to be a small part in that overall effort. 31 AVP Apprentice Facilitators have now been trained and during 2013, 11 of these were each able to facilitate a workshop toward their apprenticeships. Facilitators participating in bringing AVP to Liberia have been from Connecticut in the USA, Londonin the UK, and Nigeria. Another facilitator from Idaho in the USA is preparing to go around January 2014 and stay for several months, furthering this work in conjunction with other facilitators as they are able to travel there.
- AVP in Other Countries