Engaging a Community-based Perspective: The Problems of and Prospects for a Grassroots Endeavor in the Dominican Republic

Authors

  • Karie Peralta University of Miami
  • John Murphy University of Miami

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33043/JSACP.6.1.84-97

Keywords:

Community-based, Grassroots, Organizations, Education, Participatory action research

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to bring to the forefront the inconsistency of so-called “grassroots” organizations that operate by using traditional structures. The case of Educate Everyone, a nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic, is utilized to illustrate this incompatibility at the organizational level, and identify the ways in which this issue plays out in a project. Additionally, possibilities for the organization to employ a community-based framework are discussed. The accounts that are presented to explore the central theme stem from two months of fieldwork that were spent carrying out a participatory action research project with volunteers who support Educate Everyone’s annual academic camp.

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Published

2014-06-01

How to Cite

Peralta, K., & Murphy, J. (2014). Engaging a Community-based Perspective: The Problems of and Prospects for a Grassroots Endeavor in the Dominican Republic. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 6(1), 84–97. https://doi.org/10.33043/JSACP.6.1.84-97