Published: March 27, 2019

March 27 AmplifyThis month, AMPLIFY host Roudy Hildreth speaks with guests Carmen Mabee and Karina Adabe, both of whom are current students participating in CU Boulder’s Public Achievement Program as TA’s, or Teaching Assistants.

At CU Boulder, undergraduate students serve as Public Achievement, or “PA” coaches alongside K-12 students in Boulder and Lafayette. Together, students participate in a year-long cycle of inquiry and action around school and community based social justice issues. All participants gain insight on community leadership, the foundations of social change, and the power of relationships.

Public Achievement challenges traditional notions of citizen participation by placing young people in the center of their civic environment.  Public Achievement was developed in 1990 by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota (now at Augsburg College).  The founder of Public Achievement, Harry Boyte, worked for the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a field secretary with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the Civil Rights Movement.  This experience led to the creation of Public Achievement; the impact of young people shaping society through organizing and civic participation is a legacy we continue in our work with PA.  

University of Colorado Boulder’s Public Achievement program is housed within CU Engage.  CU Engage is CU Boulder’s center for community-based learning and research in the School of Education.  PA provides CU Boulder undergraduates with a meaningful opportunity of applied learning that explores education as a tool for democracy and social change.  

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