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We equip students to advance educational equity.

OUR STORY

What started in 2012 as weekly Twitter chats using #StuVoice has grown into a national student-led call to action for more equitable schools. Student Voice works in all 50 states to position and equip students as storytellers, organizers, and partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Our coalition strengthens the collective impact of our work.

Student Voice's work is driven by the belief that in order to achieve equity in schools, power must be meaningfully shifted towards young people most marginalized by the education system. Therefore, we model what we ask of institutions by actively elevating students to positions of decision making power across our work, starting with our entirely youth-led team. Composed of 15 high school and college students, our team brings together young people with deep experience in community action in distinct schools and contexts. We cultivate a growing base of student leaders, with 300+ engaged program participants from 36 states in our 2020-21 school year alone, and a network of 10,000+ students.

OUR WORK

Our Programs

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A training series open to all K-12 students across the United States that introduces the fundamentals of how education systems work and how students can be a part of addressing structural inequities in our schools.

A project incubator program that guides experienced student organizers through the design and execution of a community-based project focused on an education justice issue that interests them.

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A cohort of student journalists who report on equity issues in their schools and communities to elevate student voices in national conversations about education.

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A skill-building program that equips emerging student organizers from across the United States with key skills in education justice organizing and leadership development.

Amplifying student voices to revolutionize education

Student Voice equips students as storytellers, organizers and partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change.

Student Journalism

Sharing the stories of America's students through local journalism

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Empowering student voices to revolutionize education

Our Student Bill of Rights

We believe that every student deserves these nine fundamental rights in their school.

All students have the right to an affordable and equitable education.

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All students have the right to engage with their community and expect their schools to treat them with the rights of citizens.

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All students have the right to shape decisions and institutions that will affect their future.

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Deeper Learning

All students have the right to an education tailored to their individual needs and that prepares them for life beyond high school.

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All students have the right to learn in an environment that doesn’t discriminate against them and reflects the variety of backgrounds in the student body.

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All students have the right to understand existing rules in their school and the opportunity to address unfair treatment.

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All students have the right to express themselves within an educational context.

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All students have the right to access modern technology to use for their education.

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All students have the right to feel mentally, physically, and emotionally safe in school.

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Meet the team

Jenna Yuan

Seattle, WA
Communications

Working at the intersections of communications, policy and advocacy to advance education equity. Lover of baking, running, coffee and The Bachelor.

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Taylor Kahn-Perry

Charleston, SC
Strategy

Believer in the power of young people to radically reimagine and rebuild a more just world. Usually thinking about coffee.

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Evon Mahesh

Rochester, NY
Programs

Relentless optimist with a passion for creating community. Always up for a chat about equity, education and learning.

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Maya Green

Charleston, SC
Organizing

Enthusiastic about prioritizing students’ lived experiences and building power through organizing. Avid recipe experimenter, Taylor Swift listener and Goodreads reviewer.

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Claire Gellilo

Rockville, MD
Social Media

Believes in empathy, collaboration, and teamwork. Devoted to fighting for equity on all scales.

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Sydney Ward

Salem, UT
Marketing

Excited about elections, youth civic engagement and ‘I Voted’ stickers. Always on the lookout for new music, poetry and any type of activism.


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Leigh Walden

Larkspur, CO
Social Media

Enthusiastic believer in making social change accessible. Big supporter of crocheting, rom coms, and anything outside.

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Ayana Smith

New York, NY
Storytelling

Ensuring that aspiring changemakers, journalists and storytellers can make a meaningful impact within their communities.

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Gabriella Staykova

Lexington, KY
Storytelling

Uplifting student experiences through narrative. Huge fan of sticker collections and collaborative Spotify playlists.

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Ninah Jackson

Prince George's County, MD
Organizing

Organizing to liberate our systems of learning. Demanding and designing a better tomorrow.

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Alexis Campbell

Fayetteville, GA
Ambassadors

Passionate about making schools equitable and inclusive. Connoisseur of music, sugary drinks and politics.

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Nyasha Musoni

Lexington, KY
Ambassadors

Advocating for students in spaces regarding their schooling and education and genuine, respectful intergenerational partnership. A lover of new music, textile art, and the latest film/television crazes.

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Christian Ruff

Columbia, SC
Graphic Design

Using design, technology, and creativity to create meaningful change. Usually watching sci-fi, learning languages, or sleeping.

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Angel Velez

Camden, NJ
Human Resources

Committed to helping students use their voices to shape their educational experiences.

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Megan Simmons

New York, NY
Operations

Working to make democracy accessible for all through civic education. Believer in the power of young people to change the world.

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Merrit Jones

Columbia, SC
Advisor

Supporting youth-led work to advance education justice. Loves a solidarity like on TikTok, audiobooks and walks to coffee.

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Zak Malamed

San Francisco, CA
Founder

Passionate about making politics accessible for all to build a better future.

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Justin Sindelar

San Jose, CA
Digital Advisor

Empowering nonprofits with top-notch digital experiences.

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