Students at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis stand behind a tombstone created in memory of one of 18 youth killed this year. The tombstone later is transformed into a message of peace.
What do 120 pieces of foam board, 250 plastic zip ties, 20 bottles of paint, 350 young people and 1 hot glue gun have in common? They were all part of a Peace March and Rally that AFSC cosponsored in May at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis.
My name is Darius Hunt. For the last year I’ve been a Peer Mediator with AFSC’s Peer Mediation Program at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis.
At Peer Mediation, our goal is to decrease violence in our school. We preach to the younger generation that what they do has an impact on others. We help them come to an agreement when there’s been a conflict.
Young people working with AFSC in St. Louis designed this t-shirt symbolizing the need to deconstruct the school-to-prison pipeline. The t-shirt is available for purchase here.
By Joshua Saleem
The school-to-prison pipeline is for some, at best, a phenomenon that could happen to a few young people in certain communities. For others, it’s just an academic idea. For still others, it doesn’t even exist.
But for James, Sarah, Natera, and many young people like them, it’s their reality.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.