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Thank you for visiting the S.P.A.V.A. homepage.
We are committed to serving both youth and parents in our community while fostering a lasting relationship that will not only improve the child but the family unit and the community at large.

We are glad you are interested in our work!

Events by SPAVA Training at Shawnee Library on Saturday June 28 at 10 AM

Thank You members of the Unity Church of Middletown
for helping SPAVA with their Time, Talent and Treasure!


Upcoming Events

Dr. Brenda Morris and Dr. Timir Banerjee are teaching
at the YOUTH DETENTION CENTER.

Ms. Gwen Moser just finished
at the California community center.

Mr. Kevin Woods is teaching
at the community centers and alternative schools.

Recent Happenings

Annual Award ceremony
May 6, 2014 at 6 PM
at St. Nicholas Academy.
Teachers, students and volunteers are welcome.


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Currently SPAVA is slated for programming at California Community Center and Presbyterian Community Center for June and July 2013. We work with several Catholic schools including St. Nicholas Academy and Notre Dame Academy on a permanent basis.

Initiating an Oldham County community center project (June 2013).

SPAVA has partnered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the Rico's Roundtable project targeting the Newburg community. The Rico's Roundtable sessions are held monthly, (usually on the first Saturday) throughout 2013. Contact either organization for more information.

SPAVA will continue to bring more community center trainings, adult and family trainings, and additional partnerships with various organizations in order to help our community understand the importance of non-violence, anger management and conflict resolution.

Worked in 25 community centers, churches and schools around the city of Louisville since June of 2012.


SPAVA has been working with the ManUp team, who has overwhelmingly brought many SPAVA mentors and worked to bring nonviolence awareness to the west end community.

Working closely with the Center for Women & Families in the Children Who Experience Violence Coalition Initiative (CEVCII)

Starting an exciting partnership with Rotary Club at Western High School (more to follow).


Worked with three organizations in 2013 to offer adult classes to their members.

Document Downloads

SPAVA Curriculum Guides are available below.

pdf New! Click Here for Curriculum Guide   Grades 3–12
pdf New! Click Here for Curriculum Guide   Grades 1-2
pdf  SPAVA 2008-2009 Annual Report

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Click Here to downoad SPAVA Flyer! (word doc)
pdf SPAVA Flyer
or Click here to view as a webpage
Our History & Goals


In response to the 1997 Heath High School shooting tragedy in Paducah, KY, Dr. Timir Banerjee founded the Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence among Adolescents (SPAVA), a non-profit, 501c3 organization to teach both students and adults a non-violent approach to life.  Community volunteers mentor and present interactive programs teaching compassion, acceptance of others, anger management, respect, self-confidence, and much more to youth and parents in the Louisville Metro area.
Our Accomplishments

We have had the pleasure of teaching more than 2200 children between Louisville and Canada and we are grateful to have had 75 wonderful mentors over the years who have taught more than 70 classes. We want to thank all the teachers, principals of the public schools, Catholic schools and Lutheran Schools, and all our mentors who helped our children SHINE.
In Appreciation

spava salutes
Thank You members of the Unity Church of Middletown
for helping SPAVA
with their Time, Talent and Treasure!

MeShorn Daniels and Pat Taylor were awarded the Humanitarian Award at the J. G. Brown School for their compassion and years of work in that school and community.

Alisa Skinner has worked to expand the SPAVA program into Oldham County and will hold their first meeting in late June 2013.

Judy Lippmann for years of service as the SPAVA Coordinator with JCPS. She retired December 2012.



More News

The 2013 SPAVA AWARD CEREMONY took place on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6 PM at St. Nicholas Academy. Thank you to everyone who came and supported these young people.
Joe Davis
Chase Daub
Mary Baxter
Olivia Atkinson
Miranda Atkinson
Savanna Phelps
Jenny Story
Emily Spicer
Emily Woods
Katelyn Vaught
Hailee Stebbins
Justin Ngo
Cameron McDonogh
James Mouser
Jacquez Vasquez
Jordan Powell
Peyton Powell
Hannah Reed
Matthew Nguyen
Julie Nguyen
Lukas Myers
Hannah Huff
Jason Ho
Sydney Gardner
Lexi Newton
Gloria Fan
Alexia Welch
Kristen Meyer
Alex Doucette
Anna Lynch
Declan Brown
Brandon Mattingly
Megan Edwards
Drake Hasler
Nathan Johnson
Destiny Kleinhelter
Emily Lukeas
Rebecca Vowels
Alex Vettiner
Jonas Vance
Carmen Foote
Amanda Trautwein
Alexis Triplett
Noah Phillips
Halle Snyder
Benjamin Russell
Brian  Tran
Keaton Brooks
Alex Murphy
Aquilla Irabaruta
Jackson Hartlage
Cloey Neeley
Dylan Clark
Matthew Cundiff
Chase Pfaadt
Ivan Payne
Stephen Owen
Alex Schneider


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