AFSC works with young people in Pennsylvania who are impacted by the criminal legal system. We focus on restorative approaches as alternatives to incarceration.
In Philadelphia, we partner with Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP). Together we are helping build a youth-led movement to end the practice of trying and incarcerating young people as adults. Ultimately, we work to create a world without youth incarceration.
Led by our current Robert Andrew Stuart Fellow, our activities include:
- Conducting art and empowerment workshops at Riverside Correctional Facility.
- Helping young people find employment, write resumes, draft college applications, and continue their education.
- Participating in rallies, demonstrations, and other advocacy to repeal or amend Act 33. This is the law that allows youth to be automatically charged as adults in Pennsylvania.
The current Robert Andrew Stuart Fellow is Julian Andaya.
Our new Emerging Leaders for Liberation Program (ELL) also is run from our Philadelphia office. The initiative benefits young adults who live in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. The program is open to young adults looking to deepen their social justice and leadership skills.
Participants gain an understanding of systemic oppression and social change movements. They learn about accompaniment, anti-racism, organizing, advocacy, resourcing, and Quaker principles. Participants take part in AFSC-sponsored and other local campaigns and systems-level advocacy efforts. They also immerse themselves in community level change efforts. This includes deepening their engagement on an existing or new project. The ELL Program Director is Mariana Martinez.
For more information about both programs, please contact Sarah Amazeen, U.S. Program Director, samazeen[at]afsc[dot]org.