The American Friends Service Committee invites high school-aged youth interested in spoken word poetry and who want to speak out to help make our community and world better places to live
to a spoken word poetry workshop.
Youth will have the opportunity to create new poems, refine their writing, practice performance of their work and receive mentoring and constructive feedback from at least four spoken word poets and other youth.
American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) “If I Could Change the World” Spoken Word project is getting attention all over the Kansas City area. AFSC Program Coordinator Ira Harritt and Peace Interns Joshua Smith, Isabella Fassi, and Pearl Webb, carried out the project to encourage and engage young people in social action. The project was conducted in collaboration with The Writers Place and area spoken word artists.
October 7th will mark the 11th Anniversary of the start of the Afghan war. On October 6th the American Friends Service Committee with other area organizations will hold a memorial event including the display from 6pm to midnight of an art installation, Unfinished Portrait, an Iraq and Afghan war memorial by Priti Gulati Cox, a Salina, KS artist and reading and spoken word performances.
“Why do you like to see someone you love laying there lifeless?,” is one of the many questions that a sixth grade student at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy(BCAA) in New Orleans asks her peers during her poem “Stop the Killing and Give it a Rest.” Around sixteen other students also performed poems like this to an audience of about 63 of their peers during the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) New Orleans’ Poetry for Peace night held in partnership with City Year New Orleans on Feb. 24, 2011.
On June 4, 2008, ten men graduated from the Friend of A Friend mentoring project at the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) in Hagerstown. The project is sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region’s Maryland Peace with Justice Program. For six months, mentors train their mentees in conflict resolution and ways to avoid violence, crucial skills in their environment. Both mentors and mentees are prisoners at MCTC. The men meet in three-hour sessions on Wednesday nights while mentees also meet regularly with mentors individually.
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.