Program Details:

Public Achievement

Administered by CU Engage: Center for Community Based Learning and Research in the School of Education, Public Achievement invites K-12 students to find solutions to public issues relevant to their lives that reflect their own values and beliefs. CU Boulder undergraduates, who are enrolled in a practicum course titled INVS 2919: "Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools" serve as Public Achievement coaches. Public Achievement coaches guide K-12 students as they design and implement cooperative team projects throughout the course of a year. Coaches foster a commitment to civic participation and a heightened interest in post-secondary education through campus visits, special community events, and sustained mentoring relationships.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Public Achievement will continue to be offered at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, where the program has been institutionalized as part of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) curriculum, as well as integrated into the seventh and eighth grade AVID curriculum at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette. In addition, Public Achievement will be administered as an after-school program at Casey Middle School in North Boulder in partnership with the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County and Manhattan Middle School as a before school program. More than 80 CU undergraduates and more than 250 K-12 students participate in school-based programs annually.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Education

In Colorado

  • Boulder
  • Lafayette

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
  • Boulder Valley School District (Angevine Middle School, Centaurus High School, Columbine Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School)
  • CU Boulder Office for Outreach & Engagement
  • Center for Democracy & Citizenship, Augsburg College
  • City of Boulder
  • City of Lafayette
  • Family Resource Schools

Sponsoring Units

Education, School of

  • Center for Community-Engaged Learning and Research (CU Engage)

Program Contact

Roudy Hildreth
Associate Director

Program Categories


  • Community Resource
  • Community Volunteering
  • Diversity
  • Education (K-12)
  • Govt./Law/Public Policy
  • Social Sciences

Program Types:

  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • Civic Engagement
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Community Development
  • Community Event
  • Service Learning Course
  • Summer Program - General Public


  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • General Public
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - ESL
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School