Articles and Papers

We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: A Students’ Guide to Public Achievement
Prepared by students at Naropa University (2006)

Core Concept: Power
By Eric Fretz (2005)

Theorizing Citizenship and Evaluating Public Achievement
By R.W. Hildreth (2000)

A Tale of Two Playgrounds: Young People and Politics
By Harry C. Boyte (2001)

The Work of Citizenship and the Problem of Service-Learning
By Harry C. Boyte and James Farr
in Experiencing Citizenship (Richard Battistoni and William Hudson, editors. American Association of Higher Education, 1997)

Books and Videos

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship offers publications and videos to support the theoretical and practical work of democracy. To order books or videos, contact the center at


Building Worlds, Transforming Lives, Making History: A Coach’s Guide for Public Achievement 2nd ed.
by Bridget Erlanson and Robert Hildreth
172 pages. (Minneapolis: Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 1998)

Training Manual: Developing and Preparing Coaches
by Margaret A. Post
55 pages. (Minneapolis: Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 2003)


Citizenship: Would You Pass?
12 minutes. (Phillips Community Television and Center for Democracy and Citizenship, 2000)
$10.00 VHS only
Video created by the Citizenship Public Achievement group at Humboldt High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Explores the idea of the test for U.S. Citizenship and its ineffectiveness in determining who will be a good citizen.

We the Young People
18 minutes. (Kauffman Foundation, 2000)
$10.00 DVD only
The story of four Public Achievement groups making a difference.


In the News

New Hampshire Union Leader – May 16, 2005
Young people learn giving their time pays benefits

Saint Paul Pioneer Press – February 1, 2004
Group’s project is democracy in action
Idea to change the U.S. citizenship test was grassroots effort