What is Popular Education?
An Active Learning Process: Popular education is an active learning process that raises social awareness; stimulates critical and creative thinking; and leads to action for social change. Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator, became renowned for his methods of popular education developed through his work with poor and disenfranchised communities in Latin America during the 1960s and ‘70s.
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
The Tyree Scott Freedom School is a powerful participatory experience for young people designed to inspire a lifetime of community involvement. Youth analyze the systems that perpetuate violence and injustice and learn about social change movements, empowering them to promote racial justice, human rights, and peace. Freedom schools take place in juvenile detention centers and during the summer and winter.
Youth Undoing Institutional Racism meets weekly to provide opportunities for youth to develop their leadership for change. Participants gain depth of knowledge about social justice issues; enhance planning, facilitation, and organizing skills; and implement projects that challenge racism.
The Prison Industrial Complex Campaign brings together youth and community members to advocate for policies to reduce negative impacts of the prison-industrial complex on youth and communities of color.
The Restorative Justice Project will partner previously incarcerated youth, Seattle police officers, and youth workers to examine the impact of primary and secondary trauma, institutional racism, and economic injustice. Our goal is to promote healthy relationships and reduce incarceration rates of youth of color.