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The St. Louis Peacebuilding Program partners with youth most impacted by unjust systems and helps them see their own power to create institutional and systemic change. The program addresses the school-to-prison pipeline by helping youth identify and organize against policies that fuel the pipeline. AFSC helps youth learn to mediate conflicts among peers in order to prevent violence and its consequences, such as 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. Through regular meetings and occasional Freedom Schools, AFSC’s Youth Advocates for Healing and Liberation is building an analysis of how current poverty and violence relate to a history of structural and institutional racism. As these efforts grow, participants will implement campaigns that challenge racism nonviolently.   

News and updates

Brittney Griner
September 2022 Edition
Posted: Sep 1, 2022
Barack Obama and Bill Russell
St Louis Newsletter August 2022
Posted: Aug 1, 2022
Joshua Saleem sworn in as an attorney
St Louis News June 2022
Posted: Jun 30, 2022


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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