The Student Voice Organizing Fellowship is a network of students across the country taking grassroots action to create change in their schools and communities. As an a program for student organizers, the Student Voice Organizing Fellowship provides resources for young people who are organizing for equitable school policies in their schools and communities. These resources include monetary support and skill-development opportunities in taking direct action like testifying to a school board or organizing a protest on educational justice issues, and connections to other students or organizations.
Organizing Fellows are high school students that work to conduct education justice work in their schools and communities through the Organizing Accelerator program. Organizing Fellows will participate in facilitated virtual trainings and workshops geared towards skill-development and community-building to a capacity for organizing across the country to accelerate youth action nationwide. We are looking for students from varied geographic regions from diverse communities and backgrounds.
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The Student Voice Ambassador Program seeks to connect young people from across the United States to the resources, connections, and support they need to create change on the school and local levels. Ambassadors will focus on refining their rapid-response organizing skills to meet the need of the moment. Students will work together to identify issues in their communities concerning the reopening of schools and co-design projects to address those issues as they arise. Using a group-learning approach with place-based action, Ambassadors will have the ability to learn from and reference the work happening across the country. This localized work will start the process of building student power in the Ambassadors’ cities to create regional hubs of students working together for change. Ambassadors will participate in monthly professional development opportunities, mentorship and project development, with a 3 to 5-hour commitment per week. Ambassadors will also receive a $500 stipend as a part of the program.
Ambassadors are high school students that have some experience with organizing, advocacy, and/or civic participation. Most have already been involved in local campaigns, other youth movements, or have been referred to Student Voice by partner organizations and coalition organizations. We are looking for students from varied geographic regions from diverse communities and backgrounds. Ambassadors are students who are looking to build community with other young organizers, deepen their rapid-response skills, and become more involved in the education justice movement.
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The Student Voice Journalism Fellowship is a cohort of high-school-aged, young people passionate about using storytelling as a vehicle for social change. Fellows will have access to industry mentors and participate in group workshops to craft narratives about their diverse academic experiences. By producing multimedia content, the fellowship will amplify student voices in the broader educational dialogue nationwide. Fellows will look through the lens of the Student Bill of Rights to offer student-centric perspectives and solutions to the pervasive educational issues facing their communities. In addition to professional development on the process of storytelling, the fellowship will emphasize community impact through partnerships with local publications. Fellows will have the opportunity to both hone their existing skills, while expanding their horizons into cross-disciplinary content in a program with a roughly five hour per week commitment. Fellows will also receive a $500 stipend as a part of the program.
It is our goal to work with new geographic locations and diverse communities from coast to coast. The program will select fellows by application from a nationwide pool of high-school-aged, young people with the diverse experience, coachable skills and high enthusiasm necessary to produce consistently high quality content. Prior journalism experience is welcomed but not required.
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Applications for all 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.
If you have questions about your application, please email the program coordinator:
Ambassador Program: Alexis Campbell and Evon Mahesh
Journalism Fellowship: Ayana Smith and Gabriella Staykova
Organizing Fellowship: Angel Velez