Colorado College Public Achievement has operated at the elementary, middle, and high school levels around Colorado Springs for the past six years. College "coaches" meet with a small group of students twice a week for an entire school year. During their time together, each group works on their own project to improve their school or community. Past Public Achievement groups have painted murals, changed policies, raised awareness, created clubs, filmed movies, and volunteered. Public Achievement teaches students to use their voice and make a change. Colorado College student "coaches" have the opportunity to get off campus, interact with the community, and earn money if they are work study eligible. Public Achievement sites and in-class times for the 2013-2014 school year will be determined shortly.
If you are interested in learning more about Public Achievement, please contact Sarah Marshall at Sarah.Marshall@ColoradoCollege.edu.
"I am a part of PA because it combines social justice, active citizenship, and developing a sense of agency. In teaching students that they have the ability to levy their power and can, in fact, make meaningful changes in the world. I am incredibly privileged to see how PA can inspire high school students to stand up for the things they care about. In the coming year, I'm excited to see how we can continue to improve PA by putting research techniques and educational theories into meaningful practice."
--Sean "Casey" O'Donnell, '14
"I love working with the seventh graders because they are beginning to understand the impact they can have on others. As coaches we try to help the students discover ways to make a difference in their community. The students gain confidence in researching, public speaking and reflection with a goal of public service"
--Hannah Widmer, '14