What is the Active Citizens program?

The Active Citizens program identifies leaders, change agents and institutions that are working in, and with, underserviced communities. They are people and organizations who are working to improve the lives of people living in their communities. Our society work in the United States promotes community-led social development. The first Active Citizens program in the Americas region launched in 2014.

At the core of the Active Citizens program is a curriculum which combines empowerment with community development through project delivery. The program builds skills in intercultural networking, coalition building, problem-solving, conflict resolution and mentored community engagement.  

Active Citizens is flexible and adaptable, having been delivered to diverse groups in over 60 countries. They range from urban communities in East London, UK, to rural communities in North-West Frontier Province Pakistan, internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka and communities vulnerable to post-election violence in Kenya.

The vision of the program is a world where people are empowered to engage peacefully and effectively with others in the sustainable development of their communities.

Learn more about our US-based Active Citizens programs