We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.


Note from Executive Director
The Power of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Workshops

With violence on the rise it's easy to feel hopeless. But the solutions are not as impossible as we may think. We all can play a role in building the safe and healthy communities we need to thrive. AVP workshops are a powerful tool available to anyone with the desire to grow their conflict transformation skills. 

AVP workshops use the shared experience of both participants and facilitators to examine how trauma, injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behavior and violence. And they provide real-life strategies for building safer communities and positively dealing with conflict in your life.

Commit to being the change you wish to see in the world by signing up for an AVP workshop or by making a $100 donation to FNVW to provide a scholarship for four AVP community workshop participants.  

"I want to say that I never imagined AVP would have such an impact on my life. I joined the group not knowing how much of an inspiration it has offered my life, to know that there really are other people in the world that are similar to what I have been through. I have come to realize that sharing your life experiences can have a great impact on someone else's life. Thank you AVP." - Talented Tina

With Revolutionary Love,


Welcome Joy Krosschell! 

FNVW is adding a small but mighty staff position to our team! Introducing Joy Krosschell, FNVW's new Communications and Data Specialist! Joy will be working 5 hours a week to help FNVW get the word out about our programs. She'll also help us capture and analyze program participant data so we can strategically grow our impact and better tell our story. Welcome Joy!

Joy Krosschell
FNVW Communications and Data Specialist

Note from Joy: 

Hello! I am Joy Krosschell (sounds like: crow - shell), and I am the new Data & Communications Specialist. I’ve recently graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a B.A. in Psychology, and I am thrilled to be working with this organization. My role here not only focuses on spreading the word about FNVW’s many events and programs, but also works on outreach for their overarching mission— to bring forth the dignity of every human being by sharing alternative nonviolent actions. I’m honored to be working in this new position, and can’t wait to connect with all of the FNVW supporters! 

Outside of work, I love going to the theater, being in theater productions, crocheting, and playing games (board games or Nintendo games!). Most of all, however, you can find me playing with my 11-year-old dachshund, Beanie, that my partner and I rescued almost 3 years ago.

Joy can be reached at: joy@fnvw.org


Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Workshops
Two New Offerings! 

In the context of a supportive community, you'll discover your power to build safer communities and transform conflict and frustration in your life! 

International and Intergenerational
AVP Advanced Virtual Workshop

Mon, Dec. 19th: 10am - 1pm; 10pm - 12am (CST)
Tues, Dec. 20th: 10am - 1pm; 10pm - 12am (CST)

This is an exciting collaboration between AVP programs around the world. The workshop will be held in English with French support and will include youth under the age of 18.

Youth and 18+ participants will break into separate cohorts for some parts of the workshop. You must have completed an AVP Basic Workshop to register. 

Please note that participants will be given 6 hours of assignments to complete outside of the scheduled workshop hours. These assignments will be done with a cohort of other workshop participants. 

Register here: International, Intergenerational and Virtual AVP Advanced Workshop Registration


January 2023 AVP Basic, Advanced and Training For Facilitators (T4F) Combo Virtual Workshop

Thurs, Jan. 12th, 6-9pm CST, with a 30 min. break
Sat, Jan. 14th, 11am-6pm, with a 1 hour break
Thurs, Jan. 19th, 6-9pm, with a 30 min. break
Sat, Jan. 21st, 11am-6pm, with a 1 hour break

Sign up now using the  AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - January 2023 Registration Form to guarantee your spot!


2022 FNVW Holiday Fair a Success!

A huge thank you to everyone who came together to create another wonderful Holiday Fair. We raised over $11,000! These funds will directly support FNVW's peacebuilding and conflict transformation work in 2023.

We are grateful to Joe Mueller and Steve Moe and everyone at the Friends School of Minnesota for sharing their space with us.

And thanks to our amazing vendors for generously sharing their creative talent.

Thanks also to the businesses who contributed gift cards and items for us to sell. And thanks to everyone who shopped, donated an item, played music, volunteered their time, and helped promote the Holiday Fair. 

A special shout out to members of the Holiday Fair Planning Committee and other behind-the-scenes planners: Lisa Buhta, Kristina Catlin, Rae Cornelius, Sue Fust, Brenda Grove, Mary Hinz, Sebastián López, Jimbo Lovestar, Steve Moe, Caron Moore, Laura Parnell, Donna Roost, Andrea Rouse, Mary Ellen Shaw, Mike Texler, Zetta Thurow and Tom Wells. You all are amazing!


Gift Cards to Local Businesses for Sale! 

We have a few Values Board gift cards to local businesses left over from the Holiday Fair. Contact leah@fnvw.org if you'd like to purchase any of the following. Items can be mailed. Just name your price!

One Hour Photo Shoot from Sapphire Photography

  • Studio or outdoor 
  • Includes touch ups
  • Valued at $250

Science Museum of Minnesota
General Admission for 4

  • Valued at $124

Great Clips
Complimentary Hair Cut

  • Three certificates are available
  • Valued at $20 each

December 2022 - AVP Inside Out Newsletter 

The AVP Inside Out Newsletter publication provides an opportunity for members of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) community, inside and outside correctional facilities, to connect with one another about the effects of violence on us all and the strategies we use to transform the violence in our lives and communities.

Click on the links below to read the past two issues.

We welcome your contributions to AVP Inside Out! Review the submission guidelines here. Please email submissions to: AVP@fnvw.org.


Support FNVW with an End of Year Gift

FNVW's work is made possible through the support of individual donors, like you, who believe a better world is possible. Please help keep FNVW's community peacebuilding programs going strong in 2023 by making an end of year gift to FNVW.


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FNVW is working hard to expand the reach and impact of our programs. Social media is a powerful way to engage more people in our work. 

We need your help to increase FNVW's visibility on social media.

Here's what you can do: 

  • Take a moment right now to follow our pages
  • Like and share our social media posts
  • Volunteer to create social media content to help tell FNVW's story and promote events.

Now is the time to support the principles and practices of nonviolence that FNVW's programs champion. Your financial support will help us move our mission forward into the future!


FNVW E-Letter
December 16, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Monday - Tuesday, December 19-20: Virtual International, Intergenerational Advanced AVP Workshop
  • Thursdays and Fridays, January 12, 14, 19 & 21: Virtual AVP Combo Workshop

Friends for a NonViolent World
393 N Dunlap Street Suite #450E | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
(651) 917-0383 | info@fnvw.org

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