Grassroots movements are a powerful instrument for bringing about change at all levels, from local to international. As Xu Wang from Princeton University pointed out, Congress has enabled the State and the peasantry to gain political power through democratic reforms. Young people who take part in political activities through community organizations can access communication channels that can be used by these groups to talk about elections. Land occupations in South Africa, while politically controversial, did not have the same positive results as those of the MST.
Nevertheless, grassroots organizations remain at the forefront of positive change both inside and outside Arizona, providing resources to those in need and leading campaigns for social justice and environmental defense. Reaching out to community-based organizations can bridge the gap between political parties and certain demographic groups among young people of color. The power of grassroots organizations lies in their ability to involve ordinary people in political discourse as much as possible. This was reflected in an increase in voting rates, particularly among the poor, and an increase in political awareness. The Youth Participation Fund (YEF) provides research support to grassroots organizations with the aim of increasing the political power of young people of color in key states. Since the beginning of the 20th century, grassroots movements have become widespread both in the United States and other countries.
An example of popular participation during the 1980s was the Citizens Clearinghouse for Natural Waste, an organization that united communities and several grassroots groups in the US to promote more environmentally friendly methods of treating natural waste. Compared to those who were not contacted, young people who were reached out to by community organizations were much more likely to take part in a variety of political activities. This includes contacting public officials, joining a civil rights or political group, or volunteering for a campaign - activities which more than double when done through grassroots organizations. Grassroots movements are a powerful tool for enacting change at all levels. They provide access to communication channels that can be used to talk about elections and provide resources to those in need. They also increase participation among young people of color by filling gaps left by political parties.
Finally, they have been used since the beginning of the 20th century to support more environmentally friendly methods of treating natural waste.