The 2014 AVP/USA National Gathering

May 23 – 26, 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The New Underground Railroad

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, calls for “a new underground railroad" -- a network of families, faith communities, and organizations dedicated to providing desperately needed support and love to people at risk of incarceration, families with loved ones behind bars, and people returning home from prison. AVP, born out of the civil rights movement and with our 40 years of prison-based workshop experience, is being called to “get on board” this effort.

 Come discover and share how AVP can contribute: breaking barriers; creating new relationships; empowering youth and teachers; aligning with re-entry programs; enlisting youth and returning citizens on every community facilitating team. 


*The May 22 Pre-Conference Workshop on Restorative Justice is filled.

The Pre-Conference Workshops on Thursday and Friday carry out the theme of the conference, The New Underground Railroad.

 Thursday May 22. 9am - 4pm

AVP One-Day Workshop: Restorative Justice Practices and AVP.

Location: Temple University

Facilitated by Barbara Toews, Restorative Justice practitioner, trainer and author, and Elizabeth Linehan, R.S.M., AVP facilitator at DOC Graterford

Workshop fee = $50, includes lunch

Firday May 23rd. 9am to 3pm. AVP Goes to School.

Location: Temple University.

A panel of Philadelphia teachers, high school students and AVP facilitators will share their learnings from the September 9-12, 2013 beginnings of AVP.

Workshop fee = $50 plus Temple University room and board charge if extended stay requested.

Featured Plenary Speaker: J. Jondhi Harrell. a returning citizen of 20 years incarceration, now CEO of The Center for Returning Citizens in Philadelphia, an outspoken advocate in Decarcerate PA, a MSW student at Temple University, and an AVP facilitator. Mr. Harrell will share his remarkable experiences and vision as “conductor”.  



LOCATION: Temple University, 1940 Dormitory,

1940 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19122

ACCOMMODATIONS: Your choice is between a single occupancy room with a private bath, or double-occupancy room with a private bath. Linens included. Meals starting Friday night through Monday lunch and all program are also included. Please indicate roommate preferences. Number of singles is limited.

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