Western Kentucky University

Public Achievement of Kentucky



Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility

1906 College Heights Blvd #71084
Bowling Green, KY 42101


270 745-3218

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Public Achievement is a national youth initiative created by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship. The program is based on the following principles: that societal issues, challenges, and triumphs are everyone's responsibility; that young people should be educated to become effective civic and political actors; and that students are not simply citizens in deferral, but that they can be agents of change right now. The program focuses on public work (cooperative work) among ordinary citizens with diverse abilities, resources, and capacities. Thus developing students as "civic co-creators" helping to work towards a common good.

At WKU, undergraduate students are trained as coaches who assist in navigating through student-identified community problem. Several schools have implemented the Public Achievement program in Bowling Green/Warren County including Bowling Green High School, Parker Bennett Curry Elementary, T.C. Cherry Elementary, and Potter Gray Elementary.

Undergraduates can obtain course credit through the ICSR 301: Public Achievement course and utilize their work with Public Achievement in the ICSR 499: Public Work course. For more information, please contact Terry Shoemaker at terry.shoemaker@wku.edu.


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