Reducing Youth Violence

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Peace On Purpose

          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

Peace on Purpose Workshop

Janet Seltman, a program committee member for the Empowering Voices for Peace and Justice Program in Pittsburgh, leads a group as they reflect on the US occupation of Iraq.

Help Increase the Peace (HIP)

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.

Peace on purpose

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

What are we doing to achieve peace within ourselves and larger communities?

New Orleans, LA

NOLA program photo

Young people pose in front of AFSC banner

Staff and interns posing during Saturdays at Sampson Park in the Ninth Ward, New Orleans.

The New Orleans Peace Building and Conflict Transformation Program works closely with young people in New Orleans to promote peace using peer-to-peer learning strategies, arts and activism.  Using experiential and interactive trainings, young people share strategies to address violence and create positive change throughout neighborhoods in New Orleans.  The program focuses on the arts as an alternative means of self-expression and healing. 

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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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