Student Voice Strategies

Your Partner in Change

The inclusion of pre-post secondary young people in public policy debate has never been of greater public interest. Partner with us to ensure young voices are present in your work.

We provide the resources and strategy necessary to ensure next-generation leaders can achieve the progress they seek.

What are you looking to accomplish?

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Develop a Student-Driven Strategy

We train local students to be liaisons between young people in their community and the adult decision making body, and share resources on how to select and engage representative student leaders.

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Organize a Student Keynote or Panel

We'll help you secure student keynotes for events or coordinate a featured panel discussion for conferences or convenings. Our vast network of student leaders means we can find a speaker to start the right conversation.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

Organize a training to educate your peers on identity and privilege, and its wider effects on education. We create customized workshops on a variety of DEI-related topics and themes.

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Positive & Powerful Allyship (LGBTQ) Training

An introductory training for educators to learn about LGBTQ+ identities understand how students holding those identities navigate school, and how they can support students in the classroom.

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Our Approach

Dedicated to your full student voice transformation.

Evidence suggests that cultivating youth as leaders and partners in their own right can improve individual academic motivation and performance, reform educational institutions and lead to better and more equitable social outcomes. We'll work fervently with you to ensure young voices are present in your work.

  • Founded in 2012, Student Voice is the nation's leading by-students, for-students nonprofit. We've connected with over 10,000 students at events, supported 40 student ambassadors, trained 33 young journalists, and created partnerships with more than 100 middle and high schools across the United States

  • We lead the discussion on equitable student voices in every corner. From our Student Bill of Rights to our Journalism Fellowship, we position students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners.

  • Our team, combined with our broad network of schools and organizations, has a reputation for collaborating with stakeholders to achieve exceptional results.

Our People

Evon Mahesh

Seattle, WA
Field

Originally from Washington State, Evon is a student at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Coming from a Big Picture Learning high school, Evon believes in real-world learning and building community as the foundation of education. In high school, Evon interned with his school district to develop policies and practices around advancing equity work, as well as with several nonprofits and organizations furthering LGBTQ and restorative justice efforts in the greater Seattle area. Evon can now be found in every corner of the country working with educators and students, as well as facilitating workshops about empowering LGBTQ youth, building relationships, and reimagining what school could look like. Evon’s areas of interest include supporting LGBTQ youth, project and community-based learning, and student-centered education models.

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Jenna Yuan

Seattle, WA
Communications

Jenna is a first-year student at Columbia University and the Communications Director at Student Voice. Through Student Voice, Jenna helped lead the Move School Forward campaign, a set of ten key policy principles around schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful School Lunch For All effort for free school meals in 2020, the #TestOptionalNOW campaign, and more. Previously, she chaired the Legislative Youth Advisory Council in her home state of Washington to advocate for youth policy priorities in the state legislature. In her free time, Jenna loves to bake, read, run, hike, and watch any show in The Bachelor franchise.

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Joshua Dantzler

Washington, D.C.
Advisor

Joshua is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. He serves at Student Voice with over seven years of experience in youth politics, service and journalism and communications. He is the former chairman of the South Carolina Teen Democrats and former national press director for the High School Democrats of America. As a student, Joshua knows the importance of students’ voices being heard, not ignored, and continually promotes that in his position as Director of Social Media. When not working and learning, Joshua can be found hanging out with his friends and family, being a foodie or binge watching his favorite shows on Netflix.

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Maya Green

Charleston, SC
Organizing

Maya Green is a first-year student at Stanford University studying public policy and a graduate of the creative writing program at Charleston County School of the Arts in South Carolina. Through her role as Organizing Director at Student Voice and her involvement with organizations such as the Charleston Area Justice Ministry in high school, Maya seeks to elevate the lived experiences of marginalized communities to dismantle unjust policy. She is particularly passionate about educational and environmental justice. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with recipes, blasting Taylor Swift, and writing everything from poetry to book reviews on Goodreads.

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Merrit Jones

Columbia, SC
Senior Advisor

Merrit Jones is a senior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She joined the Student Voice team after having founded Student Space when she noticed disparities among South Carolina schools and the lack of students in the conversation around how to improve them. In 2016-17, Merrit took a gap year to travel around the U.S. to meet and talk to students about their experiences in school. She is passionate about storytelling, policy, and youth organizing.

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Taylor Kahn-Perry

Charleston, SC
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Taylor is currently taking a gap year from Georgetown University in D.C. to support students navigating the complex process of school reopenings and to organize in her home state of South Carolina. Taylor joined Student Voice as a senior in high school in 2017 to address issues of educational inequity, school segregation and mental health in Charleston County. In 2018, she developed the organization's first program dedicated to youth storytelling for social change. She is passionate about building an education system that disrupts cycles of injustice through equitable resource distribution and prepares students to be active agents of social and political change.

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Get in Touch with the Student Voice Strategy Team

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Student Bill of Rights

Not ready to engage in a strategic partnership yet? Start with our interactive Student Bill of Rights guides.

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Learning Lab

If you're looking for an easy way to engage with youth action nationwide, consider joining us for regular webinars and browse our resource guides.

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