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Grassroots Organizing

Grassroots organizing refers to the practice of community groups and/or organizations bringing people together to identify and solve social problems that have an impact on the communities that they belong to and/or care about. Grassroots organizing is different from other forms of organizing in that the impetus for action most often emerges from the “bottom-up” and involves regular people, in contrast to “top-down” approaches where the organizing is managed by people and organizations in positions of power. This entry provides information about the defining characteristics of grassroots organizing, the common practices of grassroots efforts, and the challenges encountered by many grassroots movements. The entry also discusses the potential for grassroots organizing to serve as a context for youth’s learning and development.

Grassroots organizing provides the ...

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