Community Partners

The following community partners have a track record of working with JPST in internships, service-learning, event co-sponsorship, educational trips, or other forms of collaboration:

Jane Addams School for Democracy

Jane Addams School for Democracy (St. Paul) is a community-based civic engagement and democracy initiative. JAS participants have developed and refined a practice of bringing together Hmong, Latino, and East African immigrant families with college students and other community members to engage in dialogue, public work, literacy, and citizenship education, grounded in the principle that everyone is both a teacher and a learner. JPST 250 students and interns have participated in JAS learning circles at Humboldt High School on the West Side of St. Paul.

- Jane Addams School for Democracy


youthrive (St. Paul) is a local youth organization that has teamed up with the national PeaceJam Foundation to strengthen leadership and peacebuilding skills in young people. The annual PeaceJam event in Minneapolis brings high school-aged youth together with Nobel Peace Prize laureates. UST students have served over the years as youth mentors at the fall PeaceJam Slam event and spring PeaceJam weekend and have attended national conferences, featuring laureates such as Shirin Ebadi, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchu Tum.

- youthrive

Lincoln International High School

Lincoln International High School (Minneapolis) is a state charter school that provides a comfortable and safe atmosphere where students can improve their English language skills and continue their adjustment to a new culture. The school was founded in 2007 in response to an urgent need in the community to serve a burgeoning immigrant population and to provide education and cultural opportunities not always met by Twin Cities Public Schools. UST students have worked at Lincoln through a service-learning component to their JPST 250 course.

- Lincoln International High School

Nonviolent Peaceforce

Nonviolent Peaceforce (Minneapolis) is a nonpartisan unarmed peacekeeping force composed of trained civilians from around the world. In partnership with local groups, NP members apply proven nonviolent strategies to protect human rights, deter violence, and help create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work. JPST students have served in NP's Minneapolis office, which offers supervised internships for college students during the semester and over the summer.

- Nonviolent Peaceforce

Resource Center of the Americas

Resource Center of the Americas (Minneapolis) informs, educates and organizes to promote human rights, economic justice, democratic participation, and cross-cultural understanding in the context of globalization in the Americas.  Since RCTA has undergone major restructuring recently, JPST has arranged for course immigration workshops and guest speakers on Latin America by partnering with Witness for Peace--Upper Midwest and Workers Interfaith Network (also one of our internship sites). 

- Resource Center of the Americas

Peace Coffee

Peace Coffee (Minneapolis) is a local fair trade coffee company which provides educational workshops for the JPST 250 course. UST students have organized in the past to make fair trade coffee available on campus.  Peace Coffee also educates students and community members on urban environmental / green building initiatives at its location in the Philips Eco-Enterprise Center / Green Institute

- Peace Coffee

Interfaith Worker Justice

Interfaith Worker Justice (Chicago) is a network of people of faith that calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially low-wage workers. JPST students have worked in IWJ's Catholic Social Teaching internship, which involves an initial training session in Chicago and work throughout the summer in a local community. 

- Interfaith Worker Justice

Anathoth Community Farm

Anathoth Community Farm (Luck, Wisconsin) is an alternative village of homesteaders and activists. Community projects include a community-supported agricultre farm, Nukewatch peace action group, Northwoods Peace Initiative online networking group, and Wheels of Justice peace education program, among others. JPST 280: Active Nonviolence courses often visit the farm once during the semester.

- Anathoth Community Farm