Quaker Activist Education

Our social justice education programs bring people together from across the world to engage with issues of justice, equality, and community and work together to build a more just, peaceful, and inclusive world.  We call this “activist education” because it is more than just learning information: students in our programs learn the skills needed and are inspired to become active participants and leaders in their communities and in efforts to build a more just, peaceful, and inclusive world.

Participants learn about issues while exploring their own attitudes — beliefs, fears, assumptions, and hopes — while working concretely to address urgent social issues. Through these transformative experiences, participants renew their commitment to peacemaking and strengthen relationships across cultural, economic, and racial divides.

We offer four types of programs with distinct emphases, and each program is tailored to the specific needs and interests of your group.  See below for descriptions of our programs.

Alternative Breaks

Our Alternative Break programs involve a rich combination of service, learning, and relationship-building for college and university groups. Your group will work directly with grassroots activists working for social justice here in Washington, DC, and get to know the city in a much deeper way than the typical tourist experience.

Immersive Service-Learning for K-12 schools

An immersive service-learning experience is a great way to engage students in social-justice issues in an experiential, hands-on way. We work with students from 5th grade through high school, designing age-appropriate service, learning, and reflection opportunities. Students learn about grassroots social justice issues and how to be part of social change, while building community and having a great time!

Faith in Action: Youth Service programs for congregations and churches

Our youth service programs give young people the chance to explore the role of service and witness in their spiritual lives through service, reflection, worship, and other opportunities to learn and build relationships. We welcome groups from all religious traditions and non-religious groups.

University Seminars

In our seminars, students immerse themselves in issues of peace, justice, and public policy through meetings and conversations with policy-makers, activists, members of congress, and staff members. These experts share first-hand perspectives on current public policy issues.  We develop these seminars in partnership with university faculty, as either a stand-alone intensive course or an experiential component of a semester class.  Topics might include human rights, peacebuilding, climate change / justice, housing justice, migration, or many other issues related to building a more peaceful and just world.