From organizing training to video production to spoken word art, three youth interns in AFSC’s Kansas City office are completing a productive, creative school year’s worth of peacemaking.

Pearl Webb, Isabella Fassi and Joshua Smith recently spoke with Jon Krieg about the impact of their work on the youth involved and on themselves. To read the full interviews, please click here.

"A lot of times, young people are left out of conversations," says Pearl, who coordinated the If I Could Change the World spoken word project for youth. "To be able to say, 'You guys are first in the conversation' – that’s pretty exciting. That’s something I want to continue to do in my field -- work with young people and people who don’t usually have a voice."

The AFSC internship prepared Isabella for her next challenge. "I’ll be going this summer to Malawi for two years with the Peace Corps to teach English," she says. "So definitely the cross-cultural skills I’ve gained will be huge for that. And just in general, my world view now is richer and encompasses more people and more opinions and views of life, and I think that’s always a good thing.

Joshua provided leadership for the Kansas City entrants in AFSC's national If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth film festival. One group from Kansas City traveled to Washington, DC to meet with other finalists and to lobby their Congressional staff to focus resources on communities rather than the Pentagon.

"Most of the youth groups we worked with were from lower-income communities," Joshua says. "For some of these kids, it’s their first opportunity to travel on a long trip like that, their first time going to Washington DC, having their eyes opened to these political and social processes and how things like government work. So I think that was a very valuable experience for them."

To read the full interviews, please click here.