The GrassRoots Action & Democracy Education (GRADE) Program is an initiative introducing the principles of grassroots democratic action and participatory democracy to children in grades K - 12 with an initial focus on grade 5. The program consists of multi-week, student-led sessions where a facilitator gives students tools to learn about the history of grassroots and participatory democracy, identify an area where they feel a need to take action, plan a community campaign to address their action area and implement the campaign. Each session takes place in a classroom or structured environment (i.e student group or youth organization meeting) - while GRADE provides a curriculum for learning about grassroots democracy and template for organizing, each session focuses on a unique area determined by the students leading the sessions. The student-led democracy campaign will create at least one tangible resource for the community to engage with their work. Students interested in helping build the GRADE program are invited to help update the curriculum and are invited to mentor students in GRADE the following year. Each GRADE year culminates when students are invited to participate in a People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) where the actions to bring about the world they envision as well as codifying their goals into a constitution are discussed.
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