On May 21st, 2010, the American Friends Service Committee’s Middle Atlantic Region hosted its first Peace on Purpose conference at Stony Run Friends Meeting House featuring workshops from various Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) programs and partnering organizations that confront and work to resolve issues of conflict, war, and indignities in the United States. Starting off the conference with a jolt, the Maryland Peace with Justice Program barely began delving into their work facilitating theater workshops in Maryland prisons when a
By Banen Chaney, former intern with AFSC Kansas City
First, I will say that this AFSC internship has been a great experience and I feel that it has really helped me grow as a person. My desire of educating individuals on the potential for peace has dramatically increased, and I plan to continue my work, even without the title of “Peace Studies Intern.”
The Help Increase the Peace (HIP) program was developed by the American Friends Service Committee staff in Syracuse, New York, in 1991 as a youth-oriented program to address the epidemic of violence in schools. HIP is based on the conviction that nonviolence and participation in our communities can better each of us and our world.
Workshops focus on three themes: options to violence; dealing with racism, prejudices, and our differences; and the belief that we can each participate in our communities to bring about positive social change.
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
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