Across the region, offices working with youth have joined together to expand Peace by Piece (PxP), a program collective designed to spread the meaningful youth work currently being done in the south. By tapping into successful initiatives tested in New Orleans, and shaping new groups of young people who are involved in their respective communities elsewhere, AFSC is working to develop a strong platform for tackling social issues regionwide.
In January, AFSC staff and youth from across the South Region led protests and a national panel discussion to confront the issue of police violence and militarization in the United States.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday served as the launch date for SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), which inspired youth-led events in over 15 cities including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Greensboro, Miami and New Orleans.
The McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans was the setting for the 2015 Designing Our Freedom Event, Healing Through the Arts. This year more than 20 young artists from Dillard University and several high schools and middle schools from around the city participated in the event.
Instead of holding AFSC's traditional t-shirt and hoody themed fashion show, New Orleans participants opted to broaden the use of art and let young people express themselves through several modes of creativity.
For the past three years, New Orleans has seen a decline in the city’s murder rate for the first time in almost 30 years. Sources credit social programs, changes in ER procedures, a gang task force, effective prosecutions and a variety of other factors for the three-year decline. Despite the dip, the city’s murder rate still remains above the national average according to nola.com.
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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.