Student Voice Ambassador Program

Join Student Voice’s Ambassador Program to receive the resources, connections and support you need to create change in your school and community.

As a Student Voice Ambassador, you will identify issues in your community concerning the reopening of schools and design projects to meet the needs of the moment. Our 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.

Become a Student Voice Ambassador

If you are a high school student living in the United States who has worked to advance educational equity in the past, like being involved in local campaigns, youth movements or other organizations and who wants to become more involved in education justice organizing, advocacy and civic action, apply to become a Student Voice Ambassador today!

We’re looking for students from varied geographic regions from diverse communities and backgrounds, so if your experience doesn’t match our description exactly, don’t be afraid to apply. Your dedication and passion will stand out!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Ambassador Program paid?

Yes, the Student Voice Ambassador Program is a paid program. All ambassadors will receive a $500 stipend as compensation for their participation in the program.

What time commitment does participating in the Ambassador Program require?

Participating in the Ambassador Program requires a time commitment of 3 to 5 hours per week, with flexibility alloted for extenuating circumstances (such as school, work, other commitments, etc.) Ambassadors will spend their time taking local action in their schools and communities and participating in program activities, such as monthly professional development opportunities, mentorship and project development.

When are applications due? When will I be notified about the status of my application?

All applications for Student Voice programs (Ambassadors Program, Journalism Fellowship, Organizing Fellowship) are due by Friday, August 14. Applicants to all Student Voice programs will be informed regarding their program acceptance by late August.

Meet the 2019-2020 Ambassadors

Aleeza Yakoob

Blacklick, OH

Passionate about local partnerships and environmental action. Leader of her school’s Muslim Club, Desi Club, and United CA Club (a club that works on creating a diverse student body). Wants to overturn the myth that Gen-Z doesn’t have the power to change the world.

Allie Graham

Battle Creek, MI

Serves as a youth placement on the Board of Trustee for the Battle Creek Community Foundation and passionate about philanthropy, community and youth empowerment. Loves lacrosse, reading and iced coffee.

Audrey Watson

Whitehouse Station, NJ

Passionate about stopping the climate crisis and animal rights. Believes that everyone deserves equal rights. Is an active volunteer for the New Jersey Student Climate Advocates and Greenpeace, and runs a Sunrise hub in her community. Enjoys spending time with animals (especially horses), reading and being in nature.

Camden Sharkey

Colorado Springs, CO

Believes that everyone is fundamentally capable of kindness. Lover of theater, politics and talking to people in general.

Eugenie Budnik

La Mesa, CA

Deeply invested activist who is heavily involved with March for Our Lives San Diego and Everytown for Gun Safety, and also acts as Director of Operations for the organization Indivisible Students. Loves reading, singing and traveling.

Fiona Maguire

Middletown, NJ

Is passionate about serving her community as a peer leader, EMT Cadet, political activist and local volunteer. She is also an avid rock climber and long time practitioner of Aikido, a martial art centered around non violence and defense.

Hannah Schoettmer

Bellevue, WA

Involved with RadioActive Youth Media as a student mentor and advanced content producer. Serves as an organizer for climate justice protests and lobbying in her community. Advocates for the inclusion of youth voice in the conversation surrounding climate change on a local and municipal level.

Irving Montes De Oca

Vernon Hills, IL

Serves as a member of Model United Nations and an ally of the Black Association of Stevenson Students (B.A.S.S.). Enjoys hanging out with friends as well as using social media as a way to inform people on current events.

Louise Kim

New York, NY

Believes in the power of educating oneself and others on social justice and activism, and fights for an equitable community. Enjoys studying French and math, reading and writing poetry and plays, drinking bubble tea, and learning languages.

Manu Onteeru

Sterling, VA

Advocating for racial and socioeconomic equality in magnet schools nationwide. Equally passionate about debate and warm cookies.

Maria Cheng

Houston, TX

Passionate about Planet Earth and activism. Either planning a climate strike or watching The Office right now.

Matthew Yekell

Houston, TX

Serves as one of the heads of PRISM, his school's gay-straight alliance club, and the Unity Council, where he communicates with students from every affinity, religious, and political group and voices concerns of student body regarding diversity and inclusion, and alongside administrators, devises solutions to address these issues.

Nyamï Aghedo

Charlotte, NC

Advocated for transparency and dialogue between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the community by leading the Chief of Police's youth advisory board. Serves as the president of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's youth council and organizes and leads community events. Involved in service programs, including the Young Black Leadership Alliance and Right Moves For Youth.

Olivia Bokesch

Columbia, SC

Co-founder of Faces of Feminism, a media platform meant to empower, inspire, and life up the voices of others. Passionate about equity and access for all. Can be found playing tennis, writing poetry, or watching the Blacklist.

Sage Gladstone

Syosset, NY

Determined to hone her leadership skills as a social activist and student advocate through nonprofits such as ERASE Racism and Days for Girls. Her mission is to ensure equity and equality in schools worldwide. Enjoys hiking, reading and drinking kombucha.