Violence and bullying in our schools and society is rampant. Anti-bullying curriculum is now a requirement in public schools throughout the U.S. UCANN addresses that requirement while offering compelling and effective strategies for life.
Harassment and bullying in the workplace is a major source of low morale and low productivity. See the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission Policy for more information.
UCANN implements a wide range of exercises that:
- Build understanding and acceptance of others
- Promote alternatives to violence
- Increase awareness of personal value and inner resources
- Strengthen interpersonal skills
- Foster community spirit
Imagine how acquiring these skills can affect positive change in your schools and communities!
UCANN Workshops are experiential and fun. All participants are equal members in the UCANN circle. The exercises develop listening and communication skills, empathy, cooperation, self-esteem, and a framework for reconciliation and conflict resolution.
“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”
– Dorothy Thomas
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a nonprofit organization that creates peaceful solutions to potentially violent conflict. Beginning in an upstate NY prison in 1975, AVP has now spread to over 50 countries around the world. As well as prisons, AVP exists in schools, communities and corporate settings.
This video focuses on AVP within the United States prison system. Experience an AVP workshop behind bars and listen to those whose lives have been transformed by AVP.
UCANN uses curriculum based on the powerful and effective Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). AVP began when a group of inmates at Green Haven Prison (NY) wanted better approaches to communicate with youth coming into conflict with the law. They collaborated with Quaker volunteers to design a prison workshop. The success of this workshop quickly generated requests for more. Today, AVP is in prisons across the U.S. as well as in communities, schools, and areas of conflict and reconciliation in over 50 countries. Learn more about how a Philadelphia school is using AVP methodologies to reduce violence and disorder by 90%.
UCANN and The Alternatives to Violence Project principles and practices include restoration and healing; rebuilding self-worth; creating a supportive community; taking responsibility; and conflict transformation and resolution.
The UCANN format allows participants a safe space to contribute. All participants are equal in the circle. Students labeled as having disabilities are equals with their non-labeled peers, and often shine as they contribute with great clarity from their individual points of experience. UCANN workshops foster a positive community environment through fun experiential activities and equally valued contributions from participants and facilitators. The implications, consequences, and reasons for bullying are examined by all participants. In turn, everyone in the workshop contributes to solutions. Through compassion and understanding agreement is reached.
The hummingbird reminds us that even small things hold great power. The hummingbird is a metaphor for the courage, strength, motivation, and perseverance that's required to resolve our differences without violence. The hummingbird represents the adaptability, accountability, playfulness, and creativity that is fundamental to healthy community.