The Baltimore Urban Peace Program is the key organizer of a new effort to respond to violence in the Govans Community. There has been an upsurge in violence in the Govans neighborhood of Baltimore where the AFSC-MAR office is located. In early September, a young man was killed on the street in front of the AFSC office. Two bullets hit our building.
"I personally believe that ignorance is the root of all conflict and so education is the only solution.” Wise words - especially considering they were coming from high school student Joe Church. His was just one of the many insightful comments offered at the District of Columbia’s Woodrow Wilson Senior High School as students debated issues related to human rights on a warm afternoon in early March.
These programs provide places for youth to learn, have fun, and/or get help with school and employment. Some programs focus on art or athletics, while others provide tutoring, homework help, or job counseling.
3 Rivers Computer Clubhouse Creative after-school learning opportunities in photography, fashion design, graphic design, journalism, music and video production, lego robotics, web podcasting, web design and more. Helps members explore professional jobs and academic opportunities. www.3rcc.org
67 Sueños Mural (67 Dreams) mural on wall of San Fransisco Quaker Meeting.
The American Friends Service Committee Youth Programs involve young people in all aspects of the organization's work. The Youth Programs seek to influence young people and be influenced by them, especially regarding their thinking about key issues of peace and justice. The programs develop youth leadership in order to enhance movements for justice, peace and the empowerment of oppressed peoples as well as build bridges of understanding and active alliances among young people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
AFSC has youth programs in the United States and in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
We provide youth in the U.S. with information about alternatives to military service. We advocate to reduce the influence of the U.S. military in the nation’s public schools. We empower youth to become peacemakers in their communities and schools, and reduce the impact of handgun and other interpersonal violence in their lives.
The Portland Peace Program educates the public about the intolerably high human and economic costs of violence and war. The program exposes the harsh realities of military service and refutes false information provided by military recruiters by organizing innovative events, workshops, multi-media art, community partnerships and “Opt Out” campaigns to help youth opt out of contact with military recruiters.
Postcard marking 65 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- 65 years of misspent trillions, contaminated air, land, and water, stockpiled thousands of warheads.
AFSC provides support and leadership to strengthen and broaden a peace movement that bridges many issues and engages many communities. The Bay Area Peace Building Program works with peace organizations and local communities to organize nonviolence programs for youth, interfaith dinners for women and religious leaders, speaking events, public actions, and popular education programs that include music and art to engage youth more effectively.
We are also proud to support the nationwide "afghans for Afghans" knitters' campaign.
The Youth Peace Building and Justice Program in Chicago engages young adults, ages 16-20, in the development of educational and economic opportunities that benefit themselves and their communities. This program gives youth concrete alternatives to community violence and military involvement.
Forty students at two public high schools are learning artesian craftwork as an employment opportunity. Students make mosaics, jewelry, or other crafts and earn money for themselves; they also share half the proceeds with a community fund as part of a social enterprise model.
The Youth Empowerment through Conflict Resolution program works with young people in Baltimore to find peaceful resolutions to conflict in their lives. Participants learn to use tools from the Help Increase the Peace Program as well as other community building skills.
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 offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.