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Grass Roots Change

Grass Roots Change


There are many models of "grass roots change" and community building.  One example called "public achievement" is a model that has been used widely with youth and young adults in Minnesota but it can be used for participants of any age. 


Public Achievement 

Participant elements

• Individuals choose to participate.
• Individuals participate in teams (usually of 6 to 8 people).
• Individuals choose issues through a deliberative process.
• Issues are grounded in the passions, values, and interests of the team.
• Team actions are real work – they take place over time (several months or longer), involve many steps, and have identifiable results or products.
• Individuals  evaluation to learn from experiences, including successes and failures.
• Teams meet formally at least once a week.

Project elements

• Projects must be legal.
• Projects must be non-violent.
• Projects must contribute in some way to the public good.

Coach elements

• Coaches are guides and facilitators, not leaders, mentors, or directors; the coach time commitment is typically 3 to 5 hours per week.
• Coaches help teams do their public work, learn from their tasks, and identify key concepts (e.g. democracy, public work, and citizenship). Coaches help their teams link theory to practice.
• Coaches participate in training sessions that involve skill development, organizing methods, understanding theory, and an orientation to the Public Achievement site.
• A coach coordinator supports and supervises the work of coaches; creates an accountability structure, and works in partnership with the site coordinator.     

Site elements

• Sites see Public Achievement as a way to implement or pursue their core mission and values.
• Site coordinators integrate Public Achievement into the site culture, coordinate logistics, help teams continue their work outside of formal Public Achievement meetings, and help make Public Achievement work visible.
• Sites see themselves as leaders in the movement to strengthen and invigorate democracy.

(SOURCE: Augsburg Center for Democracy and Citizenship)




Interested in using YAR resources for a "grass roots change"  project?

Youth As Resources (YAR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating service learning and youth-led community projects. YAR provides grants of up to $1,000 for service learning and community projects to youth --kindergarten through college level. If you are interested in doing a service project as an individual or as a group, please fill out the application,

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