LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A local program that teaches children to talk about issues in a non-violent way is more important than ever with the recent gun violence in Louisville.
SPAVA goes into public and private schools in Jefferson County to teach children how to go above and beyond with acts of kindness.
SPAVA stands for the Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence Among Adolescence. The program is activity-based and gets children to understand their emotions or feelings, so they don't get bottled up.
The program wrapped up for the year with visits to 49 elementary classes and awards given to 119 children.
"The mayor of Louisville has named Louisville the compassionate city, and we at SPAVA would like to call out all of the organizations here in Louisville to help us create the children of Louisville as the compassionate children and put all of our energy and focus on the children."
SPAVA is in need of more volunteers, for more information call 485-7731 or go online to www.spava.us.