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!
SPAVA will have a booth/table at the
KY-SPIN "Unite 2 End Bullying" event on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from
9:00a to noon at Central High School. We will hand out flyers, brochures,
and promotional items like bracelets. We will also have a sign-up sheet
available to recruit other mentors.
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
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
The 2013 SPAVA AWARD CEREMONYtook place on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6 PM at
St. Nicholas Academy. Thank you to everyone who came and supported these
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