The Student Anti-Violence Education (SAVE) program teaches children the skills they need to choose nonviolent means of resolving conflicts and provides them with resources to deal with the violence they encounter in their homes, neighborhoods and schools. Since its inception in 1991, SAVE has reached over 20,000 students in Philadelphia area public and Catholic schools.

 

The SAVE program is a school based, violence prevention education program that provides weekly 45-minute, highly participatory and experiential sessions with students and informal counseling for children needing special help with their problems. Most SAVE schools are located in neighborhoods that are marked by high rates of violent crime. Our neighborhoods and our culture socialize children to regard violence as a normal occurrence and as an appropriate response to everyday problems. The SAVE program provides children with the skills to identify and choose nonviolent means of resolving conflicts and the resources to deal with the violence they encounter in their homes, neighborhoods and schools. SAVE raises students’ level of awareness and facilitates reasoned and informed decision-making.

 

In January of 2012, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Safe Schools released a Blueprint for Action that supported programs like SAVE as part of a city-wide endeavor to keep our schools safe and reduce violent crime. As part of AVP’s twenty-year working relationship with the School District of Philadelphia, SAVE will work to meet the report’s recommendations through its successful curriculum. The SAVE curriculum has been demonstrated to create a more peaceful school environment that is conducive to academic achievement in addition to enhancing general life skills of students who receive training.

 

For more information, contact AVP’s Executive Director, Julie Rausch at 215-567-6776 or jrausch@avpphila.org