Youth

Providing Peaceful Alternatives for Youth

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.

Portland Peace Program

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.

Seattle Community Justice Program

Freedom school

Aaron Dixon gives Freedom School participants a tour to learn the history of Seattle’s Central District.

AFSC's Seattle Community Justice Program develops youth leadership for social change. We work to end racial disparities in the juvenile and adult justice systems.

Tyree Scott Leadership Institute

Bay Area Peacebuilding Program

Hiroshima At 65 Postcard

Postcard with Hiroshima scene

Postcard marking 65 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- 65 years of misspent trillions, contaminated air, land, and water, stockpiled thousands of warheads.

AFSC provides support and leadership to strengthen and broaden a peace movement that bridges many issues and engages many communities. The Bay Area Peace Building Program works with peace organizations and local communities to organize nonviolence programs for youth, interfaith dinners for women and religious leaders, speaking events, public actions, and popular education programs that include music and art to engage youth more effectively.

We are also proud to support the nationwide "afghans for Afghans" knitters' campaign.

Chicago Youth Peace Building and Justice Program

The Youth Peace Building and Justice Program in Chicago engages young adults, ages 16-20, in the development of educational and economic opportunities that benefit themselves and their communities. This program gives youth concrete alternatives to community violence and military involvement.

Forty students at two public high schools are learning artesian craftwork as an employment opportunity. Students make mosaics, jewelry, or other crafts and earn money for themselves; they also share half the proceeds with a community fund as part of a social enterprise model.

Baltimore Youth Empowerment

The Youth Empowerment through Conflict Resolution program works with young people in Baltimore to find peaceful resolutions to conflict in their lives. Participants learn to use tools from the Help Increase the Peace Program as well as other community building skills.

Guatemala

In Guatemala, AFSC works to improve security and peace in Guatemala City neighborhoods. Through partnerships with, schools, universities, Alianza Jóven, and other community-based organizations, we are building an urban peace network of young people who are reducing violence in their communities.

In eight of the city’s neighborhoods, youth have organized “Local Peace Networks,” which regularly meet to build understanding among neighbors and plan activities to promote nonviolence.

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.

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