Benefit Concert for The American Friends Service Committee PA Youth Program and National Nurses Relief Group for the Philippines An evening of music featuring: the Raging Grannies, Smokestack Lightning and friends, Recording artists Callan and Mark Dignam
Left to right: AFSC's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) BAPS program participant Jimetta, DC Peace & Economic Justice Program Director Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, BAPS participant Ciara and ACE Program Director Lida Shepherd during the 2013 Human Rights Summit in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Bryan Vana
Reflections on the 2013 DC Youth Human Rights Learning Summit by AFSC interns and participants.
AFSC DC Peace & Economic Justice interns Rita (left) and Morgan speak during a meeting with Jason Spear, Legislative Associate to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) as part of the 2013 Human Rights Summit.
Photo: Bryan Vana
With support from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s donor-funded 2013 Opportunity Grant Fund, AFSC’s Peace & Economic Justice Program in Washington, D.C. organized and hosted its first annual AFSC Youth Human Rights Summit, which took place over five days in June 2013. The Summit drew ten young people (seven high school students from New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO; Logan, West VA; and Washington, D.C., two college students from Earlham College in Greensboro, NC, and one college student from Washington, D.C.
Ciara and Jimetta, Appalachia Center for Equality youth leaders, speak to Beth Vorhees on the WV Morning radio show about their advocacy for sex education classes as a solution to high teen pregnancy rates in Logan County.
Believing All is Possible (BAPS) youth leaders from Logan County will lead a Help Increase the Peace workshop with elementary and middle school students in McDowell County, as part of the Sky's the Limit summer program.
Jodie Geddes and Alex Garrison, both Guilford College students in Greensboro, NC, joined 15 other young people in Washington DC to attend AFSC’s first Human Rights Summit June 24-28, 2013. The youth each picked topics to focus on, and each day participated in workshops giving them background on Human Rights and preparing them for speaking with US Senators and Representatives on their topics of choice. Alex and Jodie chose to focus on immigration reform, which was a hot topic; the immigration reform bill S744 passed the Senate while they were in DC.
Article by Mike Murphy, AFSC KC Program Committee member
This year’s Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Festival was another rousing success. The Festival took place on June 7th, the first Friday of the month. First Friday is the time for the monthly art walk in The Crossroads District, and attendees of the Festival were a healthy mixture of peace activists and art enthusiasts who just happened upon the event.
Flyer inviting high school-age youth and school groups to participate in AFSC's Youth Civic Engagement projects in Kansas City.
Groups can learn about U.S. budget priorities and tax policies and create films for the If I Had A Trillion Dollars youth film festival; explore their ideas about how to improve our community and world and create spoken word poetry to perform wiht the "If I Could Change the World" spoken word project; participate in trainings about social change, nonviolent action and activism; and more...
Kansas City Area School and Youth Groups are Invited to take advantage of powerful opportunity for youth develolpment and leadership
AFSC's Youth Civic Engagement work in Kansas City had a great year and we are looking for groups to collaborate with for programs for 2013-2014. We anticipate that after this year's excellent experiences we will have many more requests from groups wishing to participate next year, so contact us soon.
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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