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Youth Undoing Institutional Racism

AFSC's Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) programs are a multi-city youth-led network mobilizing people of all ages to work against racist systems that oppress us all.

AFSC serves hundreds of youth annually in anti-racist workshops called Freedom Schools.  Dozens of young people participate in ongoing YUIR organizing groups that have been influential in change on an individual, community, and national level.

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Our work

Explore the rich history of Freedom Schools and see where AFSC continues that work through its YUIR programs.

The 1st Annual St. Louis Freedom School.
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Young man raising his hand before the group
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Three people talk around table in government office
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YUIR stories

Jelani Brown
Story

Young people in St. Louis use a new community garden to build strong neighborhoods, grow healthy food, and take a stand against the school-to-prison pipeline. 

Resources

dustin washington
Video

Dustin Washington, Community Justice Program Director for AFSC's West Region, shares three tips for anti-racist organizing based on his experience as an organizer with the Tyree Scott Freedom School.

Related issues

AFSC works across racial lines to promote understanding and healing and to challenge the systems that perpetuate racism.

As the U.S. continues to imprison more people than any country in the world, momentum is growing for change in the criminal justice system. Learn more about the problem of mass incarceration and join our work to end it.