We’re equipping students to take action on issues that impact their education.

OUR BELIEF

We believe that since schools are the first civic institution many young people interact with as stakeholders, they should teach students how to meaningfully engage in the democratic process. Through direct civic action, students should have a more powerful voice to combat educational inequity.

We envision an education system where students and adults work as partners to create meaningful change in their schools and communities. Through committed youth-adult partnerships, we cultivate a shared commitment to creating more equitable social outcomes.

OUR VISION

Our Programs

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

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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.

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

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

Amplifying student voices to revolutionize education

Student Voice equips students as storytellers, organizers and institutional 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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Our beliefs

We believe that every student deserves these nine rights

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 radical imagination, community and action to change the world. Usually thinking about coffee.

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Evon Mahesh

Seattle, WA
Field

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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Maodan Tohouri

Pleasanton, CA
Social Media

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

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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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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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Alexis Campbell

Fayetteville, GA
Youth Engagement

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

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Angel Velez

Camden, NJ
Organizing

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

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Michelle Jimenez

Bellingham, WA
Organizing

Forever advocating for youth civic engagement and rights. Fueled mainly by cappuccinos and cake.

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Jordan Harb

Mesa, AZ
Organizing

Advocate for a world that uplifts our differences rather than punish them. Often found creating structural change, reading a book, contemplating life or exploring a new city.

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Eboné Ivory

Tuscaloosa, AL
Human Resources

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

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Megan Simmons

CT & NYC
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
Senior Advisor

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

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Joshua Dantzler

Washington, D.C.
Advisor

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

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Simone St. Pierre Nelson

Seattle, WA
Podcasts

Committed to the truth that students hold the best perspective on their communities. Always listening to public radio, walking her dog and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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Ry X

Santa Cruz, CA
Graphic Design

Lover of sunrises, student press and shrimp chips. Probably playing guitar in the woods if not designing.

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Peris Lopez

Tucson, AZ
Graphic Design

Advocate for replacing the success/failure binary in the education system with creative exploration.

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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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Ian Coon

Des Moines, IA
Advisor

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

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Justin Sindelar

San Jose, CA
Digital Advisor

Empowering nonprofits with top-notch digital experiences.

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