Hope Community trains youth to organize for change

Danielle Peterson, the Minnesota organizer for Public Achievement with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, combined forces with Hope Community’s youth and young adult program coordinators Chaka Mkali and Dhop to create programs for youth organizers in Minneapolis.

Dhop, who works with youth ages 14 and under, has a daughter who was attending Inter District Downtown School in Minneapolis where Public Achievement was a part of the schoolday. Through Public Achievement (PA), students chose an issue that most interested them and worked with coaches to develop strategies for change.

“She had PA on Tuesdays,? Peterson said, “and she would always tell her dad on Monday nights, ‘We can’t be late. We’ve got PA tomorrow morning.’ So Dhop started getting interested.? As a result, youth programming at Hope changed to incorporate this PA model.

Read more in this news story from the Spokesman-Recorder.

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