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Public Achievement

Are you a DU student interested in education?

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Do you want to build meaningful relationships with students in Public Schools around Denver?

Do you want to learn more about the public school system and work with other DU students who care about youth and education?

Then Public Achievement might be right for you!

What is the Public Achievement Program?

PA Summit

Public Achievement (PA) is an international, innovative approach to improving academic achievement and creating positive school culture through civic organizing. The University of Denver's PA program partners with several schools in the Denver Metro Area

In PA, DU students coach a group of middle or high school students who want to work for change in their schools and communities. As PA coaches or team leads, DU students act as facilitators to teams of K-12 students.

The teams follow a community-organizing process that includes building relationships among the entire team, identifying issues students care about and conducting community-based research. The culminating product is a public work (service-learning) project to address the issue they identified.

Coaches will see students become empowered and more connected to their schools through Public Achievement. You will also learn about what it takes to navigate the public school system and work with students, teachers and administrators.

CCESL provides training for coaches throughout the year. This position requires students to be at their partner school at least once a week and work with a team of DU student coaches and team leads to plan each Public Achievement session.

Interested in Joining the Movement?


Applications are accepted in the spring and summer for positions beginning the following fall. We still have openings for PA Coaches - apply today! 

Students may use their Federal Work-Study award or volunteer.

Application Form: 

Public Achievement Application



Job Descriptions:

PA Coach Job Description (PDF)

PA Team Lead Job Description (PDF)

Visit the PA student organization website through OrgySync:






More Information

Are you a school administrator interested in bringing PA to your campus? Or do you simply want more information about the program? Contact Kathleen Ferrick at or at 303-871-4281.

For more information about the Public Achievement Program nationally check out the national website.

For more information about the PA curriculum at the University of Denver, please email

Last updated: 6/15/2018