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Participants gain an understanding of peacebuilding practices through trainings and experiences regarding systems analysis, organizing, advocacy, resourcing, and Quaker principles. Goals include changing the narrative around militarism and violence, the development and popular acceptance of alternatives to violence, influencing key decision-makers and non-traditional allies globally to choose peaceful transformation of conflict, protecting civic rights, amplifying civil society, and building social cohesion.

Participants take part in both AFSC-sponsored and other local campaigns and systems-level advocacy efforts. They gain a complex understanding of best practices in peacebuilding and social change movements, immersing themselves in community-level change efforts. As part of the initiative, fellows will work closely with local leaders and organizations to deepen their engagement on an existing or new project.