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Student Voice Organizing Fellowship

Student Voice Organizing Fellows receive grassroots organizing training to build the education justice movement and advance equity in their schools and communities.

Student Voice Organizing Fellowship

Join the Student Voice Organizing Fellowship program to get involved in the education justice movement and deepen your understanding of grassroots organizing.

What is the Student Voice Organizing Fellowship?

The Student Voice Organizing Fellowship trains 25 high school students from across the United States in education justice organizing and leadership development. Over the course of a school year, Student Voice Organizing Fellows will be prepared to advance education justice and create systemic social change in their schools and local areas. Through immersion in a community of peers committed to equity in schools, fellows will develop skills such as effective communication with peers and decision-makers, identifying issues and solutions in their schools and building capacity to organize student power in their communities.

Fellows will be provided a $1,000 stipend for the year, as well as access to optional paid opportunities with Student Voice partners. This program will require a time commitment of around 2-5 hours/week.

Meet the 2020-21 Organizing Fellows

Aminah Karamoua

New York, NY

Enthusiastic about amplifying the voices of the unheard and bringing about change when it's necessary. Enamored of reading, science and math. Passionate about equal rights for all.

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Ana Esthela Gomez

Providence, RI

Attempting to advance student voice in the Classical High School District with peers and campaigning to pass changes regarding with mental wellbeing, youth municipal commitment and more in Rhode Island. Enthusiastic about pertinent social issues, advocating for social change and human rights. Enjoys reading, fashion and listening to Daniel Caesar, Frank Ocean and Arctic Monkeys.

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Anna Bird-Pollan

Lexington, KY

Bringing awareness to the economic disparity between high schools in wealthier and poorer neighborhoods in the Fayette County School District. Passionate about current American politics and international public policy. Loves reading, hanging out with friends and listening to Tame Impala and Lana Del Rey.

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Annelise Eileraas-Liu

Los Angeles, CA

Actively strives to empower others through social and environmental justice initiatives. Currently leading the Coalition for Educational Justice at her school and organizing her own summit event, Womxn of Wonder. Passionate about listening to and telling and writing stories, dancing and coding along with (if not as) advocacy work. Lover of learning and adventuring with gratitude and an open mind.

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Anum Latif

Canton, MI

Working to make my school and community more accessible to all people no matter who they are or what circumstances they are in. Extremely passionate about youth engagement, healthcare equity and human rights. Loves travel, photography, and baking!

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Ashley Ikefuna

Houston, TX

Striving to change the way students are treated in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to ensure that we are not only learning to pass, but for a lifetime. I enjoy baking, cooking and most importantly cleaning.

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Audrey Gilbert

Frankfort, KY

Advocating for student voice in schools across Kentucky through organizations created by students, for students. Lover of tacos, good books, Netflix and of course, student voice!

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Audrey Isakov

Atlanta, GA

A high school junior working to create a more supportive educational environment for her school and district, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Passionate about education equity in the Atlanta Public Schools system, especially about creating a space where students themselves can create change and support other students.

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Ayanna Smith

Chicago, IL

Currently working to amplify young student voices in the Chicago Public School District. Passionate about social issues, politics and progressive learning. Loves cooking, watching TV and hanging out with friends.

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Ay’Lonnie Gilbert

Akron, OH

Working to address the concerns regarding the mental health of youth and how schools play a role in it. Passionate about working toward making schools more equitable and issues regarding mental, emotional and social health.

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Betsy Lindsay

Hartford, CT

Working to help other teenagers stand up and fight to fix problems in our community and convincing more young Black people to vote. Passionate about writing stories and helping people through their problems. Loves watching movies, listening to music and helping out her community.

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Camille Fei

Charleston, SC

Working to change the mindset of Philip Simmons High School and my community by organizing protests and creating platforms to educate others. Passionate about opening the eyes of those around me and organizing events to promote change. Loves running with my cross country team, making playlists and cooking!

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Carson Bock

Chattanooga, TN

Working to improve Career and Technical Education in Tennessee and advocate for equitable education within Hamilton County Schools. Passionate about mental health, maintaining school facilities and student input in schools.  Loves Disney, puzzles and The Office.

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Cassidy Lewis

Charleston, SC

Working as a member of student council at Charleston County School of the Arts to encourage students from Title 1 schools to apply to our magnet school, raise money for local organizations and plan school events. Attending school for creative writing. Lover of re-reading the same few stories, baking for my best friends and seeing the sunset from the beach as many nights as I can.

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Citlali Real

Dodge City, KS

Working to promote kindness and positivity in her community. Striving to bring awareness to mental health. Loves her Cricut, dogs and watching anime.

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Clarise Reichley

Denver, CO

Within Denver Public Schools, advocates for increased sustainability in curricula and practice, better mental health resources, inclusive sex education and revision of history curricula to include Black, Indigenous and people of color's stories. Since she goes to art school, her art form, writing, is a large part of connecting with other youth and organizing for collective change. In addition to writing, loves to read, camp and cuddle with her cat, Rita.

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Devin Moss

Bronx, NY

Active on the anti-racism committee at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Passionate about making my community greener and combating climate change. Loves Lake Street Dive, matcha, thrifting and art!

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Eleanor Johnson

Austin, TX

Passionate about working to ensure all students feel safe within their schools regardless of color, sexuality, gender or disability. Also passionate about dismantling prejudices and barriers which limit students' aspirations. Loves animals, baking and biology!

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Emilia Brandimarte

Mastic Beach, NY

Advocating for a history curriculum that does not ignore the struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the LGBTQ+ students that sit within those classrooms. Passionate about contributing to a historical narrative that exists to empower marginalized people and the working class. Loves watching David Lynch films and reading old books.

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Emily Zhu

Newton, MA

Interested in demanding social change through student voices in the community of Newton, Massachusetts. Change affiliated with youth civic engagement, human rights, foreign policies, re-allocating based off equity and more. Other interests include baking, organizing and working out.

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Heidi Huynh

Westbrook, ME

Working to give students a better platform for their voices. Passionate about addressing race and gender inequalities. Likes hiking, painting, and watching soccer.

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Ianne Salvosa

Lake St. Louis, MO

Devoted to amplifying student voices in the Lake St. Louis community to bring equal opportunities in education to those disadvantaged by immigration status and disabilities. Passionate about amplifying student stories to learn about finding solutions to issues such as mental illness and drug abuse. Enjoys dance, writing, filmmaking and kombucha.

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Isra Qadri

North Potomac, MD

Kashmiri-American leading her peers in advocating for gun violence prevention in Maryland and nationally, specifically regarding the intersections of race and economic status with the cycle of violence. Mobilizing young womxn in Montgomery County by creating and leading a leadership and career development organization. Lover of journaling, baking, educating, and CIX.

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Jaelyn Sotelo

Vancouver, WA

Fighting the good fight and creating spaces for students' voices. Working to create a more equitable society through advocacy in the Washington state legislature surrounding youth substance abuse prevention, civic education, equal education opportunities for all, sharing students' stories and more. Travel enthusiast making every day an adventure. Lover of car rides and fruit smoothies. Probably collecting succulents.

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Jahneulie Weste

Knoxville, TN

Working to provide a voice for the underrepresented communities to get the resources they deserve. Passionate about learning, educating and making a difference. Loves writing, reading and learning languages.

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Jennifer Campuzano

Houston, TX

Striving to create a truly fair society where the only determining factor of one's success is their work ethic and character, not their gender, race, age or ethnicity. Committed to opening doors and opportunities for the future generation of Latinxs. Loves music, dancing, iced coffee and embracing her rich Mexican culture.

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Jimmy Rodgers

Chicago, IL

Based in Chicago. Working to better my community through unification and reform.

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Jonathan Fratz

San Pedro, CA

Autistic young person that advocates for the rights and supports of students with exceptional needs, as well as the utilization of student voice in school district decision-making. Serves as a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Superintendent's Student Advisory Council and a member of the 33rd Congressional District's Youth Advisory Council. Enjoys playing Minecraft, chess, the ukulele and the snare and quad drums.

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Joshua Weinrobe

Portland, OR

Working to learn more about forms of discrimination in my community. Enthusiastic about making real change in Portland.

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Justin Whitening

Stone Mountain, GA

Very passionate about creating a positive environment in his school, Redan High School. Willing to work with anyone at any means necessary to make change for the better. Hobbies consist of reading, playing basketball and baseball and writing.

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Kayla Pitch

Silver Spring, MD

Working with Jews United for Justice and Bonimot Tzedeck to make schools more equitable and to eliminate the SRO program. Advocating for youth political involvement with Project 9 USA, High School Democrats and the Sunrise Movement. Passionate about US and global politics and making sure everyone has a voice. Loves traveling, hiking, the Green New Deal and Parks and Rec.

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Leah Sherbansky

Pelham, NY

Striving to provide accessible mental health resources for students and implement them nationwide, as well as diversify the academic education systems in New York school districts. Finds enthusiasm in advocating for racial representation, scientific research and writing editorials. Spends time cooking, running cross-country and participating in science fairs.

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Lily Forman

South Orange, NJ

Working to amplify student voices and advocating for more equitable schools by serving on her school district's Board of Education. Organizing locally around social and environmental justice. Loves music, embroidery and her two cats.

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Lily Villa

Grandview, WA

Partnering with Mabton School District to create policies that better the mental health supports students receive. Lobbying for civic engagement and equitable opportunities for youth in the Washington state legislature. Focused on bringing opportunities to youth in underfunded areas, along with advocating for equitable social change through the community and state. Enjoys reading, softball, music and hiking.

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Maddie Long

Portland, ME

Enjoys working on bettering her city, community and school. Passionate about equity, compassion and supporting others. Loves to cook, hike and read. Is a synchronized swimmer and on her school's swim team.

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Mallory Buckler

North Charleston, SC

Passionate about diversity, equity and advocacy. Wants to help create a more diverse learning environment around her. Loves animals, nature and reading YA novels.

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Max Coston

San Diego, CA

Advocating for a world where educators and school administrators are inclusive to all people regardless of their identities or experiences. Specifically focused on LGBTQIA+ student acceptance and protection and working to help integrate LGBTQIA+ identities into school curricula. Working to end the gun violence epidemic as Co-Director of March for Our Lives San Diego.

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Mekeala Watkins

Stone Mountain, GA

Working with student voice with the hopes of creating a more enjoyable school experience for every student. Enjoys reading, painting and sketching. Bery passionate about advocating for the Earth and all it’s inhabitants.

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Melanyn Cabrera

Houston, TX

Aiming to raise awareness and educate mass audiences on societal issues that are not getting enough media coverage and intending to amplify the voices of those targeted by institutionalized racism. Invested in reading, learning about cultures, and acting as an activist for human rights. Adores all animals and is obsessed with detective shows.

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Mercy Appiah

The Bronx, NY

From New York City and passionate about ways to better her community. Serves as the host of her podcast, Let's Get Into It, which has become the highlight of her day. Loves to play basketball and cook and bake to bring out her creative side.

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Naomi Nwokoma

Germantown, MD

A strong advocate for education equity who works with youth civic organizations to lobby for legislation regarding mental health supports in schools and desegregating in Montgomery County schools. Passionate about closing the opportunity gap and decolonizing school curriculum. Loves dance, anime and Beyoncé.

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Nariyanah Watson

Muskegon, MI

Involved within her community by working towards helping fix drug abuse within her school. Thoroughly passionate about racial injustice and gender equality! Loves painting and music.

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Noah Pinson

North Potomac, MD

Passionate about making education equitable and creating accessible opportunities for all students. Lover of traveling, volleyball and studying Spanish.

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Sadie Rose Honchock

Mandeville, LA

Using her passion for journalism and organizing to work with other students to advocate against discrimination in American public schools after a frustrating experience with being discriminated against for a chronic illness at her former school. Passionate about educational equity and disability rights. Loves to write, read and watch TV in her free time.

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Sakura Smith

The Bronx, NY

Striving to understand and deepen her knowledge around educational disparities in NYC public schools. Likes talking about government, as well as social and institutional injustices. Enjoys photography, clothing design and volleyball!

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Sara Pastor

Flushing, NY

Currently a junior at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School. A theater major who wishes to pursue a career in the medical field. A yellow belt in Seido Karate. Enjoys reading books on my spare time.

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Stephanie Lazo

Silver Spring, MD

Passionately involved in the Student Voice Organizing Fellowship to raise awareness about different social justice issues that are overlooked in the Montgomery County School District. Working towards including the LGBTQ+ community and students with learning disabilities in school programs across Maryland. Loves reading, watching anime and animals.

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Veronica Watson

Elizabethton, TN

Serving on her school board to advocate for the needs of all students in her school system and acting by the slogan "let me be your microphone". Passionate about improving school-student communication and helping voices be not only heard, but also understood and accepted. Loves computer programming, acting, music and her cat Nebula.

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Zeinab Alghanem

Dearborn, MI

Working to garner more mental health resources in Dearborn Public Schools, specifically reducing the amount of time counselors utilize to schedule students into classes and turning it into student check-in times. Passionate about storytelling, racial justice and a clean and equitable future for the world. Loves movie analysis videos, crime podcasts and pasta.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get paid for participating in the Student Voice Organizing Fellowship?

Yes! All Student Voice Organizing Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend for their work throughout the year, dependent on successful completion of the program.

What is the difference between the Organizing Fellowship and the Ambassador Program?

The Organizing Fellowship is a skill-building program to equip beginner education justice organizers with the knowledge and experience to take action in their schools and community. The Ambassador Program is a project incubator that brings experienced organizers together to create tangible change over the course of a school year. In short, the Organizing Fellowship builds leaders, while Student Voice Ambassadors build projects!

If I become an Organizing Fellow, what is my monthly commitment?

Every month, you will have two 1 hour-long Fellowship-wide calls for skills training and community building — likely on Sunday evenings to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules. Additionally, every month, you’ll receive one assignment (for example, testifying at your school board or hosting a roundtable with your classmates) to put your new skills into practice. These assignments are low-pressure and for your own learning, and you will have access to coordinators more than happy to walk you through any questions that you have! Overall, this should add up to roughly 2-5 hours of commitment per week.


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Roundtable Facilitation Guide

Eager to start creating change in your school? Check out our Roundtable Facilitation Guide to host a roundtable discussion to share your authentic educational experiences and to co-create student-driven solutions to issues you’ve experienced with fellow students, teachers and administrators.

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