“Everyone deserves justice and peace!” This was the sentiment of youth from the Learning Club Leadership Academy, a neighborhood teen youth program serving inner-city youth surrounding Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kansas. The group’s members participated in the American Friends Service Committee’s Reflections on Afghanistan Mural project, which is teaching area youth about the Afghan people, the Afghan war and the impact the war has had on people there, on U.S. soldiers and on the United States.
Bringing youth and police together in three poor Mexico City neighborhoods to forge urban peace is a challenge. But AFSC has embraced that challenge along with our partner AlianzaCivica. In February 2011 AFSC’s Debka Colson visited Mexico City to see first-hand how our work there is changing those neighborhoods.
AFSC held an 8-day exchange between 47 Somali and Kenya youth to promote constructive dialogue. Participants learned from each other’s experiences of youth employment, sports as a tool for development, and the promotion of human rights. The program was included partnerships with a Somaliland youth organization and a Kenyan youth program.
After visits to both Nairobi and North Eastern Kenya the youth left with a greater awareness and understanding of the dilemmas facing youth today and a drive to promote sharing and change in their communities.
For 15 years, Protestant Church leaders in Kupang, West Timor, Indonesia have organized an Easter Parade the day after Easter Sunday. The parade which includes floats, singing and dancing, has become both a local celebration and a tourist attraction. Thanks to the energetic and creative organizing of young people, this year’s parade was unique.
The intern will be based on the student’s university or college campus and consist of organize peace education and advocacy campaigns on their campus. This internship will run from September 2011 through May 2012.
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.