We empower students to take action on issues that impact their education.


We believe all students have the right to hold educational institutions accountable to them as partners in shaping their foundational experiences. Students must have a more powerful voice in order to combat the systemic inequity in education.

Our focus is to identify student-centric and student-created solutions to address the systemic inequity in the American education system. This inequity manifests itself as a disparity in access to opportunities and resources across schools nationwide, specifically as it relates to socioeconomically disadvantaged students and school districts.


Our Programs

Students across the country participate in workshops to complete a year-long passion project which addresses a specific issue in their school or community.

Local student groups identify the root causes of educational inequities. Student Voice provides the resources and tools that helps students create policies and practices to address these inequities.

14 high school students report on their local experiences, producing multimedia content that heightens student voices in broader educational reform conversations.

Youth activists and students from across the country connect in the YU4A Facebook group to aggregate resources and accelerate collective action.

Unleashing student voices to revolutionize education

Student Voice provides students with the platform to change their schools and communities. We meet students where they are and identify student-centric solutions that address the systemic inequity in the American education system.

Student Journalism

Sharing the stories of America's students through local journalism


Empowering student voices to revolutionize education

Our beliefs

We believe that every student deserves these nine rights

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

View the Bill of Rights Guides

Empowering student voices to revolutionize education

Build community

Our voices are stronger together than alone.


At Student Voice events, students, thought leaders, and change makers tackle some of education’s biggest issues and engage in community-building discussions.

Student Coalition

Our coalition of student organizations helps connect and grow the student constituency committed to Student Voice’s mission, highlight student organizing already happening around the country, and support student action.

Network map

Students from across the United States making strides at local levels are what make the student voice movement  a success. Find a student organization near you making change in the community.

Empowering student voices to revolutionize education

Share stories

Stories have the power to inspire change.

State of Schools

The State of Schools Report is a comprehensive document that will evaluate the current climate of America’s schools from the student perspective. The report will feature student contributors from various educational intersections and will be framed around Student Voice’s Student Bill of Rights. These rights range from School Climate to Technology and will headline the seven sections of the report. The goals of State of Schools are two-fold. First, SOS aims to bridge the empathy gap among our schools and secondly to bridge the gap between education policy and practice.

Students of America

Students of America is a national “Humans of New York” style social media campaign sharing the stories of how students experience school, from their perspective.

Student Voice Podcast

Student Voice releases podcast episodes three times per month. 'The Week In Review' is released every other Friday and is a conversation between team members about recent education news affecting students. 'The State of Schools' is released once per month and relates to a specific right students have in school.

Empowering student voices to revolutionize education

Improve education

Change starts with speaking out.

Ambassador Program

The Student Voice Ambassadors are a cohort of 10 high school students from a variety of different communities across the United States. Ambassadors take part in monthly professional development sessions, gain access to industry support and staff support, have opportunities to share their experiences at events, and grow from a national network. By leveraging these new-found tools and connections, students can engage decision makers within their communities to become champions for school policy change.

Bill of Rights

From conversations with students from coast to coast, we have developed a Student Bill of Rights outlining pillars for a quality American education. We believe these rights form the crux of the most important issues facing students today.

Advocacy Campaigns

During the summer of 2017, Student Voice launched a national campaign, “In Pursuit of Student Representation,” aimed at organizing students across the US who are advocating for issues that impact their education. By supporting student participation in town halls and organizing forums for conversation, Student Voice prioritized student centric policies and decision making.

Meet the team

Merrit Jones

Columbia, SC
Executive Director

Thinking about equity for our schools. BIG fan of long chats, yoga & pups.

(803) 446-6642

Ian Coon

Des Moines, IA
Associate Director

Probably talking to young people about grassroots organizing or at the closest coffee shop - sometimes simultaneously.

(515) 822-8834

Megan Simmons

New York City, NY

Passionate about civic education and youth activation. Big fan of iced coffee and Broadway

Justin Sindelar

San Jose, CA

Passionate about helping others through design and marketing.

Eboné Ivory

Tuscaloosa, AL
Operations & HR

Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Obsessed with macaroons and sunsets.

Joshua Dantzler

Washington, D.C.
Social Media

Amplifying the voices of the voiceless. Lover of politics, pizza, and plays.

Jenna Yuan

Seattle, WA

Always searching for new ways to inform others about issues of opportunity within education. Loves baking, coffee and The Bachelor.

Taylor Kahn-Perry

Washington, D.C.

Creating pathways for empathy through language, dialogue, advocacy, and education. Usually thinking about coffee.

Evon Mahesh

Seattle, WA

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

Alexis Esi

Princeton, NJ

Excited to get conversations started about equality of opportunity in our schools. Lover of the sun, warm cookies and good books.

Christopher Maximos

Randolph, NJ

A passionate communicator with a penchant for public speaking, storytellling, education reform, and puns.

Maodan Tohouri

Pleasanton, CA

Passionate about amplifying my peer's voices. Lover of podcasts, long conversations and traveling.

Ryley Seymour

Bellevue, IA

Focused on sharing stories through photography and videography. You can also catch me eating a Pancheros burrito.

Andre Sanchez

San Jose, CA

Seeks positive change in the world. Loves music, sports, animals, and finance.

Zak Malamed

San Francisco, CA