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“Everything has a Beginning and an End and we are on our Way”: Transformative Agency in the Colombian Preparation for Social Action Program

  • Bita Correa
  • Erin Murphy-Graham
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Abstract

This chapter explores the development of youth agency and its relationship to community transformation by focusing on the Preparation for Social Action (PSA) program, an educational program developed by a Colombian NGO, FUNDAEC. Correa and Murphy-Graham draw on qualitative data from a study conducted in 2014 to describe how students develop a sense of agency and how this becomes a catalyst for individual and community change. The authors focus their findings around two elements of the program: How students begin taking action in small and concrete steps through community service and the use of individual and collective reflection exercises that allow for greater self-awareness.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bita Correa
    • 1
  • Erin Murphy-Graham
    • 2
  1. 1.Fundación para la Aplicación y Enseñanzas de las CienciasCaliColombia
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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