The week before Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, Joshua Saleem, AFSC St. Louis Program Director, led discussions on using nonviolence as a strategy for social change. One discussion began by asking students at Shearwater Academy for their perception of nonviolence.
Joshua Saleem, peace education director with AFSC in St. Louis, came to our classroom to lead a discussion on empathy. This was kind of a new topic to our students. They are not normally asked to think about how others may feel in a certain situation. By the end of the hour, the discussion seemed to really sink in.
At-risk youth will take a critical look at their community's needs through a new program in St. Louis, which starts its work this fall. Joshua Saleem, director of the new program, says the future of the city lies with these youth: "AFSC's role is to empower them to do the hard work of making their immediate circle one of peace, and then extending that circle to their neighborhoods and schools so that there's a community of peace there as well."
AFSC's Joshua Saleem, center, visits with students involved with AFSC’s Peace Education Program in Los Angeles.
Joshua Saleem began work with AFSC this spring to create a peace education program in St. Louis modeled after similar AFSC work with youth in Los Angeles and elsewhere. In this interview with regional staffer Jon Krieg, Joshua shares what he’s learned, his vision for AFSC’s work in St. Louis, and why he’s involved.
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