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Register for YUIR Weekend October 9 - 11

YUIR Weekend is a free 2-and-a-half day anti-racist organizing training for youth ages 14 – 24. The training is Friday evening 6-9pm; during the day Saturday and Sunday. Meals including snacks and breakfast and lunch (for Saturday and Sunday) will be provided.

At YUIR Weekend we will ask:

Why are people poor?
Why are so many black and latino people in prison?
What is the history I’m not taught in school?
What is the School to Prison Pipeline?
How can I change my community?

WV Freedom School

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 3:00pm

Join the movement for racial justice!

Students in WV Learn How to Undo Racism

AFSC's West Virginia Economic Justice Project hosted an Undoing Racism workshop in Charleston, WV in April 2015 that included 40 participants made up of child poverty campaign coalition partners, faith leaders, representatives from juvenile justice system, domestic violence prevention leaders, professors, college students, as well as AFSC youth leaders from Logan, WV.

Introducing Youth Empowerment Program Director Farajii Muhammad

Since 1999, Farajii Muhammad has been working in the youth development field. As co-founder, president and spokesman for the youth-governed organization, New Light Leadership Coalition (now New Learninig Leadership Center) he often worked to develop young leaders, connect youth to resources, and bridge the gap between youth and local government. Plus, as a social entrepreneur, Farajii has used his passion for young people to stand as a voice for youth, advocate for their concerns, and an example of a leader and community servant.

Pittsburgh Student Activist Coalition Meets with Mayor Peduto

Following months of planning, the Pittsburgh Student Activist Coalition (PghSAC) is gaining traction and seeing exciting outcomes. PghSAC is a coalition of organizations that have youth-driven programs around social change and social justice. Founding members include AFSC PA, Three Rivers Community Foundation, and Pittsburgh Cares. Two youth representatives from each participating organization serve on the coalition. Youth representatives from AFSC include the Meeting’s own Wesley Peters, a junior at CAPA, and Joan Mukogosi, a junior at Winchester Thurston.

 

We are Unstoppable, Another World is Possible

We are Unstoppable, Another World is Possible

Youth trained to become junior master gardeners

While visiting West Virginia State University, BAPS youth leadership group also had the opportunity to participate in the Junior Master Gardening workshop with WVSU Extension Office. At the training we learned how to conduct hands-on learning activities for teaching gardening knowledge and skills to people young and old alike. We will use what we learned to conduct our own trainings in the community garden this summer.  

Youth take center stage at poverty forum

Members of the BAPS (Believing All is Possible!) youth leadership program in Logan, West Virginia were front and center at a community forum about child poverty in March 2013.  Sponsored by AFSC and a dozen other organizations, the forum focused on prison overcrowding, teen pregnancy prevention, family violence prevention, and parent education.  Advocates as well as people impacted by poverty spoke.

Celebration of Black History Month

Young leaders in Logan, W.Va., honored Black History Month this year by hosting a youth program at Logan High School Little Theatre on Feb. 19, 2013. Over 50 community members were in attendance.

Performances included a poetry reading of "America" by Maya Angelou, presentation of excerpts from President Obama's 2013 inauguration speech, a powerpoint presentation on African American innovators, and speeches summarizing student interviews of local human rights heroes.

Youth Join State Effort to End Child Poverty

Appalachian Center for Equality Youth Leadership in Logan, West Virginia is helping spearhead the local effort of the statewide Our Children, Our Future: The Campaign to End Child PovertyAt a community meeting on January 23rd in Logan, WV the youth voiced their concerns about child poverty and helped plan a regional forum in March where legislators and local officials will be invited to learn about

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