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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

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.

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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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

Meet the team

Merrit Jones

Columbia, SC
President

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

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Taylor Kahn-Perry

Washington, D.C.
Executive Director

Creating pathways for empathy by listening, organizing and storytelling. Usually thinking about coffee.

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Megan Simmons

New York City, NY
Associate Director

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

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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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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

Making educational advocacy accessible through language. Lover of baking, coffee and The Bachelor.

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Evon Mahesh

Rochester, NY
Ambassadors

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

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Ayana Smith

New York, NY
Journalism Fellowship

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

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Christopher Maximos

Randolph, NJ
Journalism Fellowship

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

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Angel Velez

Camden, NJ
Community Organizing

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

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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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Maodan Tohouri

Pleasanton, CA
Social Media

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

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Jordan Harb

Mesa, AZ
School Partnerships

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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Gabriella Staykova

Lexington, KY
Journalism Fellowship

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

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Alexis Campbell

Fayetteville, GA
Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

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

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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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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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