Active Citizens for the Western Shoshone was launched in partnership with Barrick Gold in Elko, Nevada, August 2014.
In collaboration with Barrick Gold, the British Council brought the Active Citizens program to the Americas region starting in 2014.
The Active Citizens program hosted week-long intensive trainings, led by master facilitators from the UK, who worked with communities all over the globe. The program built leadership capacity and project management skills, which supported grassroots community development. The Active Citizens graduates went on to start community development projects in their own communities and cascaded their learning to other tribal and community members. Ongoing professional trainings and workshops were regularly held to continue to foster a culture of learning and development in the community.
Participants became part of an international network of Active Citizens who are learners, actors and influencers in their community, promoting international and intercultural trust and understanding. The Active Citizens program provided opportunities for participants to consider and practice their learning both locally and globally.
Since its US debut in 2014, Active Citizens has trained 65 members of the Western Shoshone tribes in and around Elko, including Te-Moak, Duckwater, Ely, Yomba and in the Shoshone Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley. Active Citizens empowers participants to spearhead community-led development by teaching them leadership and project management skills to build trust and understanding and create sustainable development in their communities
Visit our YouTube channel to view videos that showcase the voices and passion of the young people of the community, who participated in Active Citizens training as part of their participation in the Barrick Summer Internship Program.
Social Action Projects
Throughout the Elko Active Citizens program, community members were encouraged to create social action projects to tackle difficult issues. See below for two examples of social action projects.