Students discussing human right
Since 2001, AFSC's Mozambique Integrated Rural Development Program(MIRD) has worked in partnership with three communities located in Manica Province. In Denglelenga, Dororo and Chitunga, AFSC has developed projects that include reforestation, fish ponds, community gardens and school construction. Throughout this time, the MIRD program has been committed to following three basic steps:
Violence. It's everywhere you look. You see it on TV, you hear it in advertising, it's reflected in our speech. You'd think violence could solve problems, but instead it makes them worse. Sometimes it feels as though we're trapped by it.
Are you looking for some new choices? For a way out of this?
Nonviolence requires strength, courage, self-respect, and respect for others. It isn't safer than violence; it involves taking risks. It's just a choice between different kinds of risks.
- HIPP youth facilitator
The Baltimore Urban Peace Program is the key organizer of a new effort to respond to violence in the Govans Community. There has been an upsurge in violence in the Govans neighborhood of Baltimore where the AFSC-MAR office is located. In early September, a young man was killed on the street in front of the AFSC office. Two bullets hit our building.
The American Friends Service Committee Youth Programs involve young people in all aspects of the organization's work. The Youth Programs seek to influence young people and be influenced by them, especially regarding their thinking about key issues of peace and justice. The programs develop youth leadership in order to enhance movements for justice, peace and the empowerment of oppressed peoples as well as build bridges of understanding and active alliances among young people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
AFSC has youth programs in the United States and in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
We provide youth in the U.S. with information about alternatives to military service. We advocate to reduce the influence of the U.S. military in the nation’s public schools. We empower youth to become peacemakers in their communities and schools, and reduce the impact of handgun and other interpersonal violence in their lives.
Around the world, we work with young people affected by violence, especially in areas affected by armed conflict. We give voice to young people affected by police violence and work to reduce the impact of gangs in Guatemala. We welcome young people into peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts to create a more secure future in Palestine, Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar.
The Portland Peace Program educates the public about the intolerably high human and economic costs of violence and war. The program exposes the harsh realities of military service and refutes false information provided by military recruiters by organizing innovative events, workshops, multi-media art, community partnerships and “Opt Out” campaigns to help youth opt out of contact with military recruiters. By embracing alternatives to violence, war and military enlistment, youth take leadership of themselves and their communities and actively participate in creating a culture of peace and nonviolence.