Hector Salamanca, an AFSC Iowa Dreamer and intern, reads a poem written by Michael McConnell to celebrate the creation of AFSC's Midwest Region in 2012. Michael was an AFSC regional director for 23 years until his passing April 7, 2013. AFSC has established the Michael McConnell Youth Internship Fund to help carry on Michael's passion for peace and justice.
Young girl at the Newcomers School, Greensboro, NC
Haejin Song, a senior at The Early College at Guilford, recently held an exhibit highlighting students from the Doris Henderson Newcomers School. During the past two years, Haejin has invested her time working with students at this school as a mentor and tutor.
Originally from Kenya, Lydia Kirior served her MSW practicum internship this summer with AFSC Iowa. Lydia has a bachelor's degree in social and religiuos studies and hopes to "educate myself and go back home to work for social change and fight for justice in my community."
During her time at AFSC, Lydia helped organize this public forum on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
Fadima Gologo, AFSC intern, on globalization and migration
Globalization and migration were the focus of Fadima Gologo’s summer 2011 internship with AFSC in Denver. A native of Mali, Fadima is a senior International Affairs/Political Science major at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Fadima prepared this zine on the topic for an August workshop on globalization geared mainly for members of Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights.
Reflections from Park University AFSC Campus Peace Intern, Matthew Burton
The Peace Education Club, or Peace Club as it is more commonly known, accomplished many things. Together as a unit of collective peace to themselves and the student body, the group succeeded to stay present in light of a not so peaceful culture. Bringing themselves and the Park University student body together in intellectually changeling way became the motto for the Peace Club.
I was met with open arms and open minds. It has been an honor to have been given the opportunity to be a part of your community. I have always desired to be a change agent, and I have truly seen this here at AFSC. The dedication to the values and belief of social justice is very evident here; represented by passion and desire to bring light into dark situations.
Sara Crippen, an AFSC Iowa intern, describes her desire to continue work for immigrant rights.
If you want to catch Sara Crippen, you'd better lace up your track shoes. Tight.
A 2011 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and a member of the Central track team, Sara served as an intern during the spring semester with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines. Every Tuesday afternoon, Sara assisted Jody Mashek, IVP Legal Services Director, with walk-in hours. With a beaming smile, Sara offered a warm welcome to immigrants seeking a variety of immigration legal services, including family reunification.
Sara Crippen, left, prepares for the start of the women's college distance medley relay at the 2011 Drake Relays in Des Moines. Sara served as an intern with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program during the spring semester. Click here to view a slideshow.
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