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

OUR BELIEF

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 VISION

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.

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

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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.

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Meet the team

Merrit Jones

Columbia, SC
Executive Director

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

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(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.

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(515) 822-8834

Megan Simmons

New York City, NY
Strategy

Big fan of civic education, empathy, and theatre. Believer in the power of young people to change the world.

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Eboné Ivory

Tuscaloosa, AL
Operations & HR

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

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Joshua Dantzler

Washington, D.C.
Social Media

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

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Jenna Yuan

Seattle, WA
Communications

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

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Taylor Kahn-Perry

Washington, D.C.
Programming

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

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Evon Mahesh

Seattle, WA
Ambassadors

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

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Alexis Esi

Princeton, NJ
Chapters

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

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Christopher Maximos

Randolph, NJ
Programming

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

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Maodan Tohouri

Pleasanton, CA
Communications

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

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Zak Malamed

San Francisco, CA
Founder

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