Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $397,400)
Project Avary goal is to break the cycle of violence and incarceration by targeting children ages 8-12 years of age whose parents are imprisoned or involved with the criminal justice system. The program consists of a summer camp and adventure days and provides these children with social skill development, life skills, creative arts, physical fitness, nutrition, natural history and environmental education. Staff and volunteers are trained in mediation, conflict resolution, violence prevention and anger management with a special emphasis on racial, ethnic and gender. Project Avary develops a supportive, caring milieu in which these children can overcome adversity and develop better coping skills, teamwork and interdependence between youth and adults.