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.
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.
"I personally believe that ignorance is the root of all conflict and so education is the only solution.” Wise words - especially considering they were coming from high school student Joe Church. His was just one of the many insightful comments offered at the District of Columbia’s Woodrow Wilson Senior High School as students debated issues related to human rights on a warm afternoon in early March.
These programs provide places for youth to learn, have fun, and/or get help with school and employment. Some programs focus on art or athletics, while others provide tutoring, homework help, or job counseling.
3 Rivers Computer Clubhouse Creative after-school learning opportunities in photography, fashion design, graphic design, journalism, music and video production, lego robotics, web podcasting, web design and more. Helps members explore professional jobs and academic opportunities. www.3rcc.org
67 Sueños Mural (67 Dreams) mural on wall of San Fransisco Quaker Meeting.
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.
The Peace Program develops youth leadership for peace and social justice activism. We Mentor a United Voices youth group which provides experiential learning experiences and leadership opportunities for young social change activists. Expose the harsh realities of military service and refute false information provided by military recruiters and advertising, encouraging young people to pursue alternatives to military enlistment. Organize innovative Beats for Peace events to urge youth to Opt Out of inclusion in the military database.
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 office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.