North Carolina youth advocate for equal rights

A group of Quaker youth in Greensboro, N.C., troubled by their state’s outright ban on same-sex marriages, approached AFSC this summer to get a better understanding of human rights.

Within the group, the general sentiment was that the U.S. Constitution is meant to name freedoms, not take them away, explains the group’s facilitator, Sheila Hoyer.

“Our youth have a strong concern for equal rights for all, especially the oppressed gay community in our state,” she says. “It's a very personal issue to this group.”

KC Youth Civic Engagement Flyer

Flyer for AFSC KC Youth Civic Engagement Project including work with the If I Had A Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival and the If I Could Change the World Spoken Word project.

Youth Civic Engagement Project

The Kansas City Program of the American Friends Service Committee invites school and youth programs working with high school-aged youth to participate in creative projects, which will use the arts to engage youth in issues of war, peace, economic justice and hope for the future.

If I Had a Trillion Dollars

five young people talking

If I Had A Trillion Dollars is a national youth video contest and film festival. We ask young people aged 10-23, "If YOU had the power to choose, how would you spend 1 trillion dollars? What could that money do for your family, for your community, for your nation, or for the world?"

Third annual "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" youth film festival

Young people are directly affected by conversations about state and federal budgets, yet their voices are often ignored. The third-annual "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" national youth film festival seeks to change that. 

It asks, “What would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community?” Submissions are due Jan. 11, 2013.

AFSC Annual Benefit and the "If I had A trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival"

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

American Friends Service Committee--Chicago and National Priorities Project proudly presents the Second Annual AFSC Benefit and the "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival. Join us for a night of peace, dialogue, and activism!

Private Reception  -  6:00 PM

World Premiere- 2nd Annual "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project are proud to invite you to the World Premiere of the 2nd Annual "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival.

The IHTD Youth Film Festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget and asks them to consider:
  The $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military
  The $1 trillion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  The $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans

Please join us for an evening of youth voices on the cost of war.

The Year of Nonviolent Protest

Dear Friends,

Thank you for standing with AFSC and the Wage Peace campaign in 2011!

There are many of you who have worked for years to insure that there would be no permanent US military bases in Iraq and that US troops would leave.

Congratulations, yesterday the last US combat troops deployed out of Iraq.

AFSC's 3 Minute Film School

Tips on how to make a video for entry into the "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival.

AFSC's Program Update November 2011

This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from November 10, 2011 with General Secretary Shan Cretin and Great Lakes Regional Director Michael McConnell, who is based out of Chicago.

They discussed AFSC’s work for Economic Justice, including discussion of the ‘Human Cost’ of war banners and the ‘Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit. They also covered AFSC involvement with ‘Occupy Together’ and resources such as ‘Move the Money Toolkit’ and the ‘If I Had a Trillion Dollars’ youth film contest and festival.

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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