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AFSC works to disrupt the cradle-to-prison pipeline through anti-racist youth organizing, restorative practices, coalition building and centering the voices of Black and brown youth. We help build the capacity of youth, educators and community members as they seek to have intentional conversations about race and the lasting effects of institutional racism. We work to effect change on a systemic level with youth who are most directly impacted by inherently racist systems. We help youth to name and identify what is happening to them and help them organize to change their communities.

Our Youth Board hosts local events, trainings and campaigns that engage youth ages 14-24 most impacted by racial disparities — and their allies. These events build relationships and allow youth to engage in discussions that promote deep understanding of activism, organizing, self-care and systems change.

AFSC conducts Restorative Practice circles and post-circle meetings with staff and administrators in the St. Paul Public Schools. We partner with neighborhood organizations, providing trainings for white allies and helping develop the racial understanding and restorative “muscle” of neighborhood leaders.

Knowing we can’t end racism alone, we work with individuals and groups to build their capacity to understand systemic racism and fight to undo it. The analysis of others helps us become a stronger unit in the fight against racism. We also talk with policymakers so they understand what young people are going through.

AFSC centers Black and brown youth through trainings, storytelling and oral history. We make sure we are the experts and provide that expertise through trainings and education. We work to see that youth of color are invited to the table, telling their own stories so that their experience is truly heard rather than assumed.


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