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Community Spotlights

Everyday Democracy’s coaching, materials, and Dialogue to Change process have helped hundreds of communities bring people together across divides, and to organize for community and larger positive systems change. Here are some examples of communities that have used our process.

This section showcases the latest of what's happening in communities that use dialogue and action to create change. You'll find a variety of content including podcasts, short stories, interviews, videos, and more.

“We need to stop talking about children in the future tense, because their time to learn is now,” says Lois Vermilya, director of the University of New Mexico’s Family Development Program. She has...
Over 400 residents have been involved in creating a family and community engagement policy for the Albuquerque School District. The group Families United for Education used a collaborative process...
When the  Aurora Community Study Circles program started in 1996, there were 26 murders in Aurora and multiple complaints of human rights violations. Last year, there were none. The tremendous impact...
Young people involved in Generation Justice, a youth media project in Albuquerque, N.M., learn first-hand the importance of early childhood development through their participation in filming the ...
How can we make our communities a better place for children? See the progress five New Mexico communities have made to build an environment where children thrive.
To help provide services and become a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees, the city of Rock Island, Ill., is creating an information clearinghouse for new residents. "This is everybody in the...
For more than twenty years, Cuidando Los Niños has advocated on behalf of and provided support services to homeless children and their families in Albuquerque.
Following the mantra “healthy families make strong communities,” the Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. (NAPPR) provides culturally appropriate and sensitive services to Native...
Changing the early learning paradigm that informs how teachers, parents and policy makers think about young childrens' learning is the charge of the Family Development Program at the University of...
The All Indian Pueblo Council formed a broad-based coalition to engage pueblo communities in dialogue, and to design strategy for policy-level change on issues of economic self sufficiency, education...

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With over 400 community members and 44 community-based, non-profit organizations participating, Families United for Education is a leader in the nation when it comes to engaging families toward...

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.