Youth Civic Engagement Project
The Kansas City Program of the American Friends Service Committee invites school and youth programs working with high school-aged youth to participate in creative projects, which will use the arts to engage youth in issues of war, peace, economic justice and hope for the future.
In August 2012 AFSC will begin a youth civic engagement program with three peace interns who will work with high school-aged youth throughout the 2012-13 school year. After learning about issues, youth will be guided through creative projects enabling them to express their ideas, feelings and hopes.
The first project will be participation in the national AFSC youth film festival, “If I had a Trillion Dollars” (IHTD). The IHTD project will teach youth about U.S. federal spending and budget priorities and how it impacts them. Youth will then be guided in creating 3-minute videos about how they would spend a trillion dollars to submit to the film festival. After the completion of videos youth will be invited to a national screening and lobbying event in Washington, D.C. as well as participation in a Kansas City screening event.
A second project organized with The Writers Place is the “If I Could Change the World…” Spoken Word Project. It will engage youth in envisioning the world in which they would like to live and in creating spoken word pieces to communicate their visions. Following classroom and youth program sessions an opportunity will be provided to attend a workshop to refine their writing. Youth who wish to participate will also have the opportunity to perform in traditional and non-traditional venues.
In each project AFSC interns and community volunteers will meet with youth groups and school classes and guide them through the activities. The IHTD project will take place from September through December 2012. Video submission deadline for the film festival will be in early January. The “If I Could Change the World…” spoken word project will begin in January and end with performances in area venues in March and April.
- Interested school and youth groups can contact AFSC to find out how their class or group can participate at 816 931-5256, or firstname.lastname@example.org