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Give to Lincoln Day 2018 is May 31

Once again, AVP/Nebraska will be participating in Give to Lincoln Day.  Joining other local nonprofits – this is our one fundraiser of the year for our organization.   AVP/Nebraska is very fortunate that funds raised through Give to Lincoln provides the bulk of our operating budget for the year.

Give to Lincoln Day 2018 is scheduled for Thursday, May 31.

The work done by AVP/Nebraska IS making a difference in the lives of people who participate in our workshops and outreach.

And the work continues.  We are exploring options for additional workshops and outreach. Our core group of facilitators remains faithful and new faces have joined us.

Do consider contributing One Day Only, Thursday – May 31, 2018 to AVP/Nebraska

You may donate online at https://givetolincoln.com anytime from May 1 through – May 31.

Remember to mark your calendars and contribute to AVP/Nebraska on Thursday May 31st. If you have questions reach out to us via the “contact us” page.


Twelve Angry Jurors

“12 Angry Jurors” is the latest production from Southeast Community College’s theater program with the curtain opening Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Jack. J. Huck Continuing Education Center.

The production is a courtroom drama based on the play “12 Angry Men,” which later became a well-known film in 1957 starring Henry Fonda. Changing the name to “Jurors” allows women and men to fit the roles.

The plot is 12 jurors, all very different, must decide the fate of a 19-year-old man on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death. The play examines the roles of juries in our society and how a group of strangers must come together to decide the fate of a stranger. The play and its themes transcends all political lines and deals with human nature.

The cast is a combination of 13 community members and SCC students and staff.

“This is contemporary, edgy and affects all of us, especially when it deals with pre-conceived ideas of people,” said Jon Gruett, SCC theater instructor. Gruett also said there will be a panel of legal professionals who will take part in a post-play question-and-answer session with the audience.

The play is part of a class at SCC called “Yes You Can be a Star!” where students not only get to be part of a production, but also be part of the stage crew.

Cost to attend the show is $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Cash and checks only. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.



At a  recent inside  workshop , these comments were shared attesting to the impact for positive change, that AVP can have in someone’s life.

Something I’ve learned about conflict resolution, violence and its alternatives….

  • “It’s good to know that you have power to find a different way of dealing with problems in a non-violent way.”
  • “You can find yourself in all kinds of situations but you can always find a better outcome if you think first.”
  • “The possibility for violence is always lurking under the surface of every situation….I now have other options at my disposal to help come to positive and constructive outcomes…there’s always an alternative.”
  • “To slow down, re-evaluate the situation, and think about what the outcome is going to be.”

Role Plays. . .

  • “The role playing was the hardest to do, but the most enjoyable.”

Something I’ve learned about myself…..

  • “It won’t kill me to express my feelings to any other human.”


O.J. Simpson and the Impact of AVP


O.J. Simpson Credits Alternatives to Violence Project training to helping him deal with conflict while in Lovelock Correctional Facility

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, after 9 years of incarceration for armed robbery, O.J. Simpson sat in on his Parole hearing. During the hearing he stated the programs and steps he took to rehabilitate saying:

“I took two courses (Basic & Advanced) that I guess you guys don’t give much credit to.  It’s called Alternatives to Violence. It’s the most important course anyone in this prison could take as it teaches you to solve conflict through conversation.”

OJ Simpson is one of thousands of persons who have been incarcerated that have benefited from these trainings.

To see comments from participants in AVP/NE  workshops about the impact of AVP in their lives, see the post category, What I Learned from AVP

Is What You’re Doing An AVP Workshop? The Core Elements of AVP Workshops

After the 2011 AVP International Gathering, the AVP International and AVP USA Education Committees formed a Joint Best Practices Team to continue to explore how AVP is practiced and adapted to cultures and settings around the world, and to sponsor a worldwide discussion on the principles, values and best practices of AVP, AVP workshops and facilitation.

Is What You’re Doing An AVP Workshop? The Core Elements of AVP Workshops is published for the use of AVP facilitators around the world and for others who use elements of AVP or the AVP style in other workshops, formats, or settings.

Other readers are advised that the material in this booklet is based on a particular philosophy and a set of carefully structured group dynamics, without which the material discussed here has no context.

Click on the graphic below to open the document,”Is What You’re Doing An AVP Workshop? The Core Elements of AVP Workshops.”


Wordle of AVP Concepts

Punished Twice: Prisons Basically Ignore ADA, Leaving a Third of Inmates Facing Abuse and Neglect

Prisons across the U.S. routinely flout the Americans with Disabilities Act, subjecting thousands of inmates with physical and mental health problems to painful and sometimes humiliating conditions, according to watchdog groups, inmates, corrections officials, and a former Justice Department official.  To read the full articlePunished Twice

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Defy Ventures Coming to Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is  bringing a new program to Nebraska, fully funded by community sources.  Defy Ventures  is an entrepreneurial training program for incarcerated people.   It is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth.

Defy Ventures recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. We “transform the hustle” of our currently and formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation. We give our EITs a legitimate chance to succeed and equip them to become profitable entrepreneurs, stellar employees, engaged parents, and committed role models and leaders in their communities. We intentionally build life-giving, authentic community between EITs and our executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity.

The mission of Defy Ventures states:

Defy Ventures transforms the lives of business leaders and people with criminal histories through their collaboration along
the entrepreneurial journey.


The immediate  NDCS goal is t have 100 people enrolled in the program by the beginning of 2017, and then work towards running the program in 7 facilities over the next 2-3 years.  The private funding has the potential to provide program access to over 1000 inmates.  NDCS will be approaching UNO and requesting assistance to conduct the research necessary to determine if the program meets the evidence based criteria required to support a request for funding in the FY20-21 budget.   Initial data from other locations indicates positive results in recidivism reduction, and behavioural improvements while in prison.


Office of the Inspector General of The Nebraska Correctional System 2015/2016 Annual Report

The Office of the Inspector General recently released the 2015-2016 annual report on the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The report was written by Doug Koebernick. According the report abstract the document is:

An annual report regarding the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and the Nebraska Adult Parole Administration. The report is a summary of the year’s activities of the Office ofInspector General along with numerous observations, findings, and recommendations.

The report (pages 1-68) includes recommendations for change (pages 62-66) and attachments (pages 69-455).