Student Voice Ambassador Program

Student Voice’s Ambassadors receive resources, connections and support to create change in schools and communities across the country.

Now, our ambassadors are identifying issues in their community concerning the reopening of schools and designing projects to meet the needs of the moment. Ambassadors refine their organizing skills through dedicated mentorship, build student power in their localities to lead regional hubs working together to create change and join a committed, nationwide team of student organizers advancing educational equity.

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Advance educational equity in your school and community

Analyze injustices in your school and community, receive support in organizing to address problems and build a regional hub of fellow students working together to create change.

Receive pay and professional development

Receive a $500 stipend for your work and professional development in education justice organizing, including action planning, base building and policy.

Join a dedicated team of student organizers

Build community with your fellow Ambassadors across the country and receive 1:1 mentorship from Student Voice team members.

Meet the 2020-2021 Ambassadors

Alex Garcia

Kensington, MD

Working to improve the inequities within Montgomery County Public Schools with multiple student-led organizations. Lobbies to pass bills to redetermine school boundary lines to the Montgomery County Board of Education. Passionate about racial justice, equal opportunity and equity in schools. Loves traveling, playing lacrosse and The Umbrella Academy.

Amia Roach-Valandra

Rosebud, SD

Served as a student fellow for Teach for America to listen to youth perspectives and experiences with the educational system. Passionate about creating change, amplifying student voice and making students feel like they matter. Enjoys reading, sports and watching Netflix, preferably Vampire Diaries.

Amina Salahou

Syracuse, NY

Eager to work with passionate students across the nation while gaining the skills to adequately advocate for direct change within school community. Passionate about menstrual justice, racial justice, and advocating for mental health. Involved with CuseYouthBLM, Girl Up (a campaign of the UN) and Seeds Of Peace. Enjoys volleyball, lacrosse, Breaking Bad and The Great Gatsby!

Baeza Lakew

Kent, WA

Community organizer and advocate for marginalized youth and students in Washington State. Works with my state legislature as vice chair of the Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council. Passionate about diversifying educational curricula, dismantling the school to prison pipeline and combating climate change. Loves trying new foods, concerts and Avatar the Last Airbender.

Chloe Pressley

Woodbridge, VA

Actively promoting the inclusion of student perspectives in decisions made within Prince William County and working to change the one-sidedness of public school curricula. Interested in the psychological effects of public policy on varying racial and age groups. Enjoys watching movies, exploring new foods and studying the sciences.

David Dzul

Houston, TX

Working to promote student voice at a district and state level to best fit the educational needs of tomorrow. Passionate about eliminating health disparities and understanding the intersection between civic love and activism. Loves everything about fall weather.

Gillian Mui

Chicago, IL

Loves writing and using social media to advocate for youth. Passionate about suicide prevention awareness, anti-bullying, women's health and eliminating health disparities. Loves reading, dancing and mango smoothies! Currently watching Criminal Minds on Netflix.

Irshad Molla

Plain City, OH

Stemming from her love for public speaking, founded "Use Your Voice", which helps youth find their voice in their fight for justice. Furthered her work in civics through the Citizen University National Youth Collaboratory. Serves as Living Room Conversations' Youth Program Leader and is a member of the Teen Ohio Attorney General Board and Youth Civic Advisory Committee.

Kashish Bastola

McKinney, TX

Mobilizing students to promote civic and voter engagement among young people. Working against voter suppression through organizing around gun violence prevention, climate justice, education equity, racial justice, immigrant/refugee rights and more. Advocating for systemic change for our generation and our posterity with an emphasis on Black/Indigenous liberation. Sucker for Kit-Kats, How to Get Away with Murder and Nepali momos. Aspiring United States Supreme Court Justice.

Lauren Choi

Marietta, GA

Trying to create change one step at a time! Passionate about youth voice and changing our curricula to become more equitable and inclusive for all cultures. The best way to my heart is through food and video games.

Pragya Upreti

Lexington, KY

Working to institutionalize more holistic education within Kentucky. Works alongside state legislators to inform policy surrounding the inclusion of African-American history in secondary education and anti-racism as an 'anti-bullying' intervention in primary schools. Passionate about expanding student voice initiatives within our school decision-making boards and in schools throughout rural Northern India. Loves playing lacrosse and fighting for education and social justice. Aspiring President of the United States.

Shayla Dell

Washington, D.C.

Works with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and State Board of Education officials through the Chancellor’s Student Cabinet and State Board of Education Student Advisory Committee to advocate for youth, particularly for Black youth. Serves with Instagram as an Instagram Ambassador to expose young Black creators to politics, art and empowerment on social media.

Sofia Novoa

Orlando, FL

A student-activist and junior at Boone High school in Orlando, Florida. Passionate about anti-bullying policies and mental health. Recently launched the Heart-to-Heart project, an initiative aimed at advancing educational equity. Bilingual in English and Spanish. Enjoys playing the piano, going out with friends, family, and playing with her dog Sparky.

Taofeekat Lamina

Lynn, MA

Organizing to make change in my school and community. Currently advocating for an African Awareness Club at my school, with the goal of eventually pressuring decisionmakers to offer an African and African-American history class. Helped found a coalition that specializes in intersectional activism and plans to organize more protests and marches locally to enact change in my multicultural community. Loves performing, singing, reading and binge-watching Netflix and Hulu.