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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.

Women's Program

The work of the American Friends Service Committee Women's Program is to strengthen the capacity of the AFSC to recognize and to act, through its programs, to elimenate sexism and gender inequality, which harm women and are root causes of violence.  The Women's Program staff keeps abreast of major political, economic, and cultural issues that may affect women and AFSC work with women to ensure that it is responsive to opportunities to bring about positive change in the world.

Third World Coalition

The Third World Coalition of the American Friends Service Committee:

  • brings the perspectives of people of color into the AFSC work and policy.
  • exposes people of color community groups to the experiences and understandings of other third world groups and efforts.
  • conveys the total AFSC program experience to people of color groups associated with the TWC and AFSC

Seattle Indian Program

AFSC's Seattle Indian Program supports Native sovereignty, economic justice and cultural preservation efforts.

Our Projects:

Homeless Organizing Project -- "Street Spirit"

More than 100 homeless vendors earn income selling Street Spirit, the Bay Area's homeless newspaper. The paper also serves as an important tool in coordinating advocacy of issues concerning the homeless. For many activists, Street Spirit's 30,000 reader distribution provides them the most far-reaching public educational outreach available for homeless rights campaigns.

Read Street Spirit online.

Cambridge Material Assistance Program

The American Friends Service Committee Material Assistance Program (MAP) was started in 1944; over the last 70 years our goal has been “to see what love can do” through material assistance, resource information and caring support to individuals in need. MAP aims to provide our services in a manner that allows individuals to retain their sense of dignity and self-respect.  

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Peace is Power parade

New Orleans Peace is Power Parade

The annual New Orleans Peace is Power Parade (2015). 

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Peace by Piece is a youth program that builds peace one young person at a time. It engages, employs, and empowers young people to be peace leaders in their schools and communities. The program facilitates the use of artistic expression to demonstrate alternatives to violence. The program is coordinated by AFSC's New Orleans office and works closely with youth and young adults to promote peace using peer-to-peer learning strategies, arts, and organizing. 

Cambridge, MA

S Comm community protest

secure communities protest

Community protest outside Gov. Patrick's Secure Communities forum in Chelsea, MA.

The Cambridge office serves as the main administrative hub for the Northeast region. It also houses four of AFSC’s programs:

The Healing and Transformative Justice Program works with survivors of crime, those convicted of crime, and their families and communities.

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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