GrassRoots Campaigns

vla students learn that "Making a difference starts with Me”

Village Leadership Academy students positively transform  their communities.  

GrassRoots Campaigns (GRCs) are an essential component of the social justice curriculum at Village Leadership Academy where every student participates in a comprehensive yearlong service-learning project designed to address a social, political, and/or economic issue impacting their communities.



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Through their participation, students expand and refine their leadership capabilities through innovation, critical thinking and inquiry, public speaking, action plan development and implementation, social justice advocacy, media literacy, and acquired community organizing skills.



“Change The Name” Campaign Students


Additional Program Info

GrassRoots Campaigns strengthen the skills needed for students to enact social change.


Past Campaigns

Essential Principles

Leadership Development

14 years have passed since my story with ITAV began. I am so grateful to the ITAV family for allowing my three daughters and me to be part of their great family. There have been great moments and memories that will always remain in my mind. Thank you ITAV for your support and commitment.

My toddler’s face lights up with excitement every time we are approaching his school.  It gives me a great sense of comfort knowing that he is in great hands while I am away from him.

Christina F.
ITAV Parent and Family Support Staff Representative
Lameeka H.
ITAV Parent

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