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Youth Programs

67 suenos mural

67 suenos mural

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.

Providing Peaceful Alternatives for Youth

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.

Portland Peace Program

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.

Seattle Community Justice Program

Freedom school

Aaron Dixon gives Freedom School participants a tour to learn the history of Seattle’s Central District.

AFSC's Seattle Community Justice Program develops youth leadership for social change. We work to end racial disparities in the juvenile and adult justice systems.

Tyree Scott Leadership Institute

San Francisco Wage Peace Program

Lockheed-Martin protest

People on stage with banner in support of Gaza

Lockheed-Martin Demonstration on Gaza, Spring 2014. Join the Pacific Life Community at Lockheed-Martin’s Sunnyvale headquarters on the fourth Friday of the month to call out their roles in nuclear weapons production and in arming Israel.

The San Francisco Wage Peace program challenges the militarization of U.S. society, changing the narrative of military efficacy by:

1.  highlighting the high cost of war spending, especially in maintaining our nuclear arsenal, as a method of security that cuts into meeting human needs that build a truer human security;  

Chicago Youth Peace Building and Justice Program

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.

Baltimore Youth Empowerment

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.

Working in under-resourced schools, the program helps young people deal with violent and impoverished neighborhoods, learn about conflict resolution and human rights, and get the support they need to become educated and engaged citizens. 

Guatemala

In Guatemala, AFSC works to improve security and peace in Guatemala City neighborhoods. Through partnerships with, schools, universities, community-based organizations, and public institutions, we are building an urban peace network of young people who are reducing violence in their communities.

In twelve of the city’s neighborhoods, youth have organized “Local Peace Networks,” which regularly meet to build understanding among neighbors and plan activities to promote nonviolence.

Who we are

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.

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