Public Achievement

Program Contact

Charla Agnoletti

Director of Public Achievement


Public Achievement invites K-12 students to find solutions to public issues relevant to their lives that reflect their own values, identities and experiences. This program is administered by CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research in the School of Education.

CU Boulder undergraduates, who are enrolled in the course EDUC 2919: Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools, learn about education for democracy and social change and serve as Public Achievement coaches.  These coaches guide K-12 students throughout the course of a year as they research and develop community action plans to address social injustices in students school or community. Coaches and K-12 students foster a commitment to critical civic engagement and connection to CU Boulder through campus visits, special community events and sustained relationships with college students who are first-generation as well as Black, Indigenous and people of color.

During the 2021-22 academic year, Public Achievement will be at Centaurus High School, Casey Middle School and Angevine Middle School students involved in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. Public Achievement has been institutionalized as part of the AVID curriculum and as a community partner.

  • Public Achievement


    on campus



    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    Not Applicable

Sponsoring Units

  • School of Education

  • CU Engage: Center for Community Based Learning and Research

Program Partners

  • Boulder Valley School District (Angevine Middle School, Centaurus High School, Casey Middle School)
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
  • City of Boulder
  • City of Lafayette
  • Voces Unidas of Boulder County
  • NAACP Youth Council of Boulder County
  • Aquetza
  • Multicultural Leadership Scholars
  • The Community Foundation
  • Center for Democracy & Citizenship, Augsburg College
  • Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, University of Denver
  • Student Leadership Involvement and Community Engagement (SLICE) Center, Colorado State University
  • Collaborative for Community Engagement, Colorado College

Audiences Served

  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • General Public
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - English Language Learners (ELL)/Emergent Bilingual
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Youth Placed At Risk