Skip to content Skip to navigation

Emerging Leaders for Liberation

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is proud to announce the launch of the Emerging Leaders for Liberation. This program is open to young adults looking to deepen their social justice and leadership skills.

Participants will gain an understanding of systemic oppression through trainings and experiences regarding accompaniment, anti-racism, organizing, advocacy, resourcing, and Quaker principles. Participants will take part in both AFSC-sponsored and other local campaigns and systems-level advocacy efforts. They will gain a complex understanding of social change movements, immersing themselves in community level change efforts. As part of the initiative, participants will deepen their engagement on an existing or new project.

Applications for the 2022 cohort are now closed. Applications will reopen for the 2023 cohort in Fall.

View our Feb. 2 info session. WATCH NOW.

3 young people standing outside.

Photo: Armando Carrada Photography. Florida

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is welcome to apply?

 

AFSC is seeking young adults who are interested in learning more about social change theories and becoming leaders in their communities. Applicants must be 18-25 years old as of April 1, 2022 and have a relationship to an AFSC program, a Quaker college/organization, or a Quaker meeting. Accepted participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to participate in the 2022 cohort.

We especially encourage BIPOC and LGBTQIA applicants and individuals who can bring diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We value curiosity, authenticity, and empathy, and recognize that leadership shows up in different ways. Because AFSC is based in Philadelphia, we have a special interest in applicants from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Quaker colleges in the greater Philadelphia metro area

How many people will be selected?

We hope to have 30 individuals in our first cohort.

Do I need to be a Quaker to participate in the program?

No. Although AFSC is affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), this is not a “religious” program. Although you will be exposed to Quaker ideas and practices, this program does not seek your affiliation with Quakerism.

What is expected from participants?

Participants are expected to join six online learning sessions and two in-person gatherings. We ask participants to bring an open mind, be active listeners, and share their own experiences and perspectives. (Dates subject to possible change.)

What kind of social change efforts am I expected to be a part of?

With the tools and strategies learned throughout the program, participants will complete either a group project or a solo project of their choosing and take action in their community. Projects can range from op-eds demanding local policy change to working with an AFSC program on an event or organizing a rally. The project will be up to the discretion of participants and their communities’ needs.

What is the cost for the program?

Because of the generous philanthropic contributions of AFSC supporters, this program is free for all who apply and are accepted. We welcome individuals, families, and others who are inspired by our vision to help support the annual budget of our program, estimated at $200,000 in the current year. Please click here for more information or be in touch with Emily Clarke at donorliaisons@afsc.org.

Will multiple people from the same school, group, or organization be accepted?

There is a benefit for the program when multiple people from one group, school, or organization apply together so they form a learning cohort. That said, we cannot commit to accepting all who apply.

Where can I find more information?

For more information, please email: emergingleaders@afsc.org

Who can join:

Applicants must be 18-25 years old as of April 1, 2022 and have a relationship to an AFSC program, a Quaker college/organization, or a Quaker meeting.

Accepted participants in the program must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to participate in the 2022 cohort.

When/where:

The program will be 8 months long and will use a hybrid model with in-person gatherings and online sessions. Two in-person gatherings are planned on weekends in spring and fall 2022 (estimated to be 4 days each).  The online sessions will be once a month on Wednesdays for 3 hours.

Spring in-person gathering: Philadelphia, May 19-22, 2022

Fall in-person gathering: (Location, TBA) November 10-13, 2022

Donate to support our work: Make a gift to support the Institute and young leaders working for peace, justice, and equality. 

Your gift matched!

Become a Partner for Peace monthly donor by August 31, and a generous donor will add $100 to your first month’s gift. You’ll also get a free AFSC tote bag! Partners for Peace make monthly donations to bring critical support to communities worldwide, meet urgent needs in times of crisis, and with people acting with courage to overcome oppression.

Give Now →

CLOSE   X