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Public Achievement

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship developed Public Achievement as a youth civic organizing model in 1990. Today, Public Achievement is used in schools and communities in several states and around the world in Turkey and Eastern Europe, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Gaza and the West Bank.

An internationally-recognized model

Public Achievement has been recognized as one of the best youth citizenship education efforts in the world. In 2007, it was named one of 15 finalists for the prestigious Carl Bertelsmann prize. Awarded annually since 1981, the international award recognizes “innovative approaches and outstanding ideas that help shape and further develop democratic societies.” A high school student in Albania says that Public Achievement taught her “how to share ideas and make a project. I learned that my voice can be heard, that I can do something for my school, my community, myself.”

Evaluation Brief of Public Achievement by RMC Research (2006)

Training and materials

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship has created materials and offers training for schools and community groups that want to use the Public Achievement organizing model. Visit the Public Achievement website or contact the center at for more information.


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