6/18/2020
Your monthly news & updates
Welcome to the Anti-Violence Partnership's newsletter! Through this monthly email, we'll keep you up to date on everything that's happening at AVP. We'll highlight events we hold, people we cherish and news we think is relevant to the world of victim services.
AVP's Offices Are Closed
Sadly, a new newsletter means the same old opening paragraph that our offices are still closed due to COVID-19. The good news is we're still hard at work-- if you need to contact us, everybody at AVP is working from home. Please email avp@avpphila.org or leave a voicemail at (215) 567-6776 (we will continue to check our voicemail!) and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. We apologize for the inconvenience.
AVP's New Website
As you read this, AVP's new website is barely one day old! The old website had all of our information, but it was not the easiest thing in the world to navigate. If you wanted to learn more about our work, you were better served by our social media. Now, though, everything's clean, updated and intuitive.
Patricia Kind Family Foundation
AVP was honored to receive a multi-year grant from the Patricia Kind Family Foundation!
This grant will fund various aspects of our Youth Violence Outreach initiative for the next three years. We have worked with the Patricia Kind Family Foundation before and are thrilled at their continued support of our work.
GuideStar's Silver Seal of Transparency
Earlier this week, AVP received the GuideStar Silver Seal of Transparency!
What does that mean? Essentially, GuideStar independently researches nonprofits and affirms their willingness to be transparent with clients, donors and anybody else with any interest in their work.
Looking for a New Clinical Director
In our last newsletter, we bid a fond farewell to outgoing Clinical Director Casey McGovern. This time, we're asking if you or anybody you know is interested in filling her shoes. We've recently listed the now-open position online and would love to hear from any qualified candidates!
Zoom Support Groups
If you engage in face-to-face therapy, our current quarantine could be hitting you hard. Everybody needs to communicate, and this temporary age of isolation isn't making that any easier than it would normally be. Our clinicians started a couple of online support groups last month-- each one is conducted by two members of our team over Zoom.

Follow the links under these fliers to give us some basic information, and we'll be in touch to see if the group is right for you!
Guided Meditation
Our therapists have taken to Instagram and have been running live guided meditation sessions every Monday at 3 pm!
It's easy to feel isolated during quarantine. That's, you know, what quarantine means. These sessions have been a great way to focus on mindfulness with live people. The longer this goes on outside, the more important it is to remember to take some time to establish an inner peace.

´╗┐The sessions are free and open to everybody!
Meet AVP
A few words from YVO Counselor Nekisha Walters
What's your job title at AVP and how would you describe what you do here?

I am one of the Youth Violence Outreach Counselors at AVP. I facilitate socioemotional learning and grief processing groups at schools with youth from K-12th grade, co-facilitate after-school sessions, summer groups, and some individual clients as well.

Why did you decide to get into victim services?

Throughout my career, my passion has always been helping others and finding healthy ways to manage complex trauma, so getting back into direct services felt like a natural calling. I've learned so much over the years, so I'm grateful to be able to share that knowledge with others. 

What part of your job means the most to you?  

The most meaningful aspect of my current position is supporting youth directly while fostering a safe space for them to learn new ways to handle day-to-day and traumatic stress. 

Is there anything you'd like to focus more of your effort toward as you further define your role here?  

I look forward to learning how our community is impacted by violence, from the family unit to community leaders, and what support youth feel they need based on their real life experiences. 
Resources
Social distancing, school closures and the decision by many businesses to have employees work from home has hurt everybody in ways we may not have been able to predict. Below, find a number of resources that can help in this chaotic time: