In St. Louis, AFSC is working to transform schools and communities into peaceful and just environments by equipping youth with conflict resolution, civic engagement, and community organizing skills. Chronic exposure to violence, limited economic opportunities, and inadequate resources can prevent young people from reaching their full potential. Too often they are pushed out of school, join gangs, get arrested, or enlist in the military without knowing of other options.
To counter these conditions, AFSC partners with high schools and works with students to facilitate the development of community action. We seek to redirect young people to lead the transformation of their community by identifying and undoing unjust systems that perpetuate violence, oppression, and inequity.
Some of the youth-led projects include: Popcorn for Peace, Peaceball, and the “Peace Squad” Peer Mediation Program.