The Rally for Tuition Equity for DREAMers and the public hearing where Jersey City’s officials passed the resolution* unanimously was an incredible experience. The tuition equality bill, currently pending before the New Jersey legislature, would allow the so-called NJ DREAMers (a term used to describe undocumented students who were brought to the United States at a young age) equal access to higher education in the state through paying in-state tuition rates.
Each year, the AFSC welcomes more than 100 fellows, interns, apprentices, and young volunteers across the globe. Our interns, like AFSC itself, believe that there is worth in every person and that love can overcome violence and injustice.
Internships with AFSC programs develop leaders for social change. Our interns build bridges of understanding and active alliances among young people – and communities – of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
This spring, AFSC Chicago brought in two new interns to work in collaboration with staff members and local area high school students to help educate, organize and team up with the community of Chicago for the upcoming NATO Summit in May. They have been working on:
Sara Crippen, an AFSC Iowa intern, describes her desire to continue work for immigrant rights.
If you want to catch Sara Crippen, you'd better lace up your track shoes. Tight.
A 2011 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and a member of the Central track team, Sara served as an intern during the spring semester with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines. Every Tuesday afternoon, Sara assisted Jody Mashek, IVP Legal Services Director, with walk-in hours. With a beaming smile, Sara offered a warm welcome to immigrants seeking a variety of immigration legal services, including family reunification.
Now that I have been in the AFSC Newark office for over two months, I have started to get a routine and have a better understanding of how the office is run. I have also been able to participate in a number of diverse life-changing experiences including interviewing detainees at the Elizabeth Detention Center, going to immigration court for different types of hearings and attending advocacy meetings. All of these experiences have helped me gain a greater understanding of the immigration legal system, far more than I have learned in three years as an undergrad.
Matching law students with GIs wanting out of the military may not seem a natural fit. But law students volunteering with AFSC’s San Francisco GI Rights hotline are finding the experience richly rewarding. “To start ending some of the hurt for people: that’s what I like about it,” says Jason Thomas, a second year student at University of California Hastings.
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 office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.