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The St. Louis Peace Education Program partners with youth most impacted by unjust systems and helps them see their own power to create institutional and systemic change. Since 2012, it has addressed the school-to-prison pipeline by helping youth identify and organize against policies that fuel the pipeline, and by helping youth learn to mediate conflicts among peers in order to prevent violence—and consequences like arrests and suspensions. 

Building peaceful school communities is part of a larger, youth-led effort to change institutions and systems that expose young people to violence, limit economic opportunities, and provide disparate access to resources. 

In 2014, AFSC held the first St. Louis Freedom School and formed a chapter of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism. This organizing builds an analysis of how current poverty and violence in St. Louis relate to a history of structural and institutional racism. As these efforts grow, participants will implement campaigns that challenge racism nonviolently.

News and updates

St Louis News July 2020
Posted: Jul 7, 2020
Defund SLMPD
A Call to Action from AFSC St. Louis
Posted: Jun 11, 2020


AFSC's work in St Louis

Joshua Saleem, AFSC Peacebuilding Director in St. Louis, talks about his work in schools to reduce violence and engage young people in building up their community.

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