Tour Across America's Schools

Tour Across America's Schools

Students, teachers, and administrators are working together to create student-centric solutions to improve their schools and communities. Through workshops, roundtables, and storytelling sessions, Student Voice aims to help school communities identify persistent issues and inspire action through the formation of a Student Voice Chapter to continue work towards solutions.

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Schools we've visited

Somerville

,

MA

The Welcome Project

July 22, 2019

Denver

,

CO

Digital Organizing Workshop with Padres & Jóvenos Unidos

July 10, 2019

Pittsburgh

,

PA

Global Minds Conference

July 5, 2019

Seattle

,

WA

Ingraham High School

June 7, 2019

Menlo Park

,

CA

State of Young People Summit

June 6, 2019

New Haven

,

CT

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Summit

June 1, 2019

Philadelphia

,

PA

A Conversation on the State of Schools in Philly

May 29, 2019

Philadelphia

,

PA

International Conference on Student Voice

May 28, 2019

New York

,

NY

Teens Take Charge NYC

May 13, 2019

Brooklyn

,

NY

Student Voice Collaborative

May 7, 2019

Waterloo

,

IA

Community Summit on Student Voice

April 27, 2019

Chariton

,

IA

Chariton High School

April 26, 2019

Waukee

,

IA

Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX)

April 26, 2019

Des Moines

,

IA

Urban Leadership at Des Moines Public Schools' Central Campus

April 26, 2019

New York

,

NY

Brooklyn North High School

April 22, 2019

Laramie

,

WY

Shepard Symposium GSA Day

April 13, 2019

Laramie

,

WY

Shepard Symposium on Social Justice

April 12, 2019

Grand Rapids

,

MI

Forest Hills Eastern Middle School

April 11, 2019

Chicago

,

IL

Chicago Public Schools Student Voice Summit

April 5, 2019

Cedar Falls

,

IA

Leadership Iowa Session VI: Education

April 5, 2019

Washington D.C.

,

Center City PCS- Capitol Hill

March 28, 2019

San Diego

,

CA

Deeper Learning

March 27, 2019

Centennial

,

CO

Anastasis Academy

March 9, 2019

New Haven

,

CT

Common Ground High School

March 8, 2019

Bridgeport

,

CT

Smilow Burroughs Wakeman Community Center

March 7, 2019

Denver

,

CO

XQ + Pop-Up Magazine Super School Live

March 7, 2019

Des Moines

,

IA

Iowa Student Learning Institute Student Voice Rally

March 5, 2019

Immokalee

,

FL

Immokalee Technical School

March 4, 2019

Immokalee

,

FL

Pace Center for Girls

March 4, 2019

Miami

,

FL

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

March 2, 2019

Immokalee

,

FL

Immokalee High School

March 1, 2019

Immokalee

,

FL

Immokalee Public Charter School

March 1, 2019

Immokalee

,

FL

Immokalee High School

March 1, 2019

Immokalee

,

FL

Boys And Girls Club Of Collier County

February 28, 2019

Seattle

,

WA

Highline Big Picture Learning

February 22, 2019

New Milford

,

NJ

New Milford High School

January 18, 2019

San Diego

,

CA

High Tech High

January 16, 2019

Van Nuys

,

CA

CHAMPS Performing Arts School

January 15, 2019

Van Nuys

,

CA

Van Nuys High School

January 15, 2019

Van Nuys

,

CA

Van Nuys High School

January 15, 2019

Winston-Salem

,

NC

Forsyth Country Day School

January 8, 2019

Lexington

,

SC

River Bluff High School

December 21, 2018

Charlotte

,

NC

Whitewater Middle School

December 13, 2018

Meet the schools

Students we've met

A collection of inspiring students we’ve met along the tour

Elisa Rivas

Van Nuys
,
CA
CHAMPS Performing Arts School

"Even if you get to go to board meetings, if nothing happens and your ideas are disregarded, it’ll feel pointless to go to meetings. So, I think that, in a perfect world, we would actually implement student ideas that are beneficial to the school. I understand that not everyone’s ideas can be implemented successfully, but I think effort to actually understand and implement the ideas that are beneficial to the school would be a good thing."

Shelby Caine

Winston-Salem
,
NC
Forsyth Country Day School

"I think there’s this gap between the faculty and the study body, which, of course would happen anywhere, but the fact that the faculty seems so untouchable I think there needs to be more personal connections. We shouldn't be afraid to address something."

Lindsey Caschak

Van Nuys
,
CA
CHAMPS Performing Arts School

"I would add giving students more of an opportunity to go to meetings and talk about the things they are seeing, rather than just having the board decide what the school needs. We’re the ones who are going to the school and going to classes 7 hours a day. We’re the ones who are the key stakeholders, so I want us to have more of an opportunity go to to meetings and discuss what goes on in school and how we can change it.

Anthony Chang

Van Nuys
,
CA
Van Nuys High School

"Schools want to provide field trip opportunities, counselors, nurses and librarians. I would like to see funding so we can have those things."

Oshree Barak

Van Nuys
,
CA
Van Nuys High School

"I hope teachers get better salaries and smaller class sizes. Some of these teachers are getting paid $20k, and I don't know how they even live here. My government class had 41 people."

Peter Crombie

Winston-Salem
,
NC
Forsyth Country Day School

"A lot of studies have shown that this time period is the time to work out who you are and how you express yourself. I don’t think the dress code should limit that expression and how people show who they are. Clothes are pretty cookie cutter here. So it’s hard because expression is limited by the dress code so you have to go out of your way to find other ways to express yourself."

Stories

Understanding the state of schools from coast to coast

Tour stops include

Workshops

Analyze opportunities for improvement in your school, gain knowledge and resources on creating change, and develop an action plan.

Storytelling Sessions

Gain experience in effectively utilizing storytelling as a means to create change through hands-on activities, both in-person and in the media.

Roundtables

Think critically about your educational experiences and discuss methods to affect change in your school with the assistance of a Student Voice team member as a facilitator.

Faculty Trainings

Discuss principles and examples of authentic student voice and the role of adults as allies for students in their work to improve their communities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost for Student Voice to come to my school?

There is no cost to have Student Voice come to your school! All expenses and costs are covered by a generous grant from Facebook Education and the Facebook Community Leadership Program.

When do these visits take place?

Student Voice’s tour will continue through August, September, and  early October of 2019. We can be flexible depending on your school schedule and structure, but as all of our team members are students, Thursdays and Fridays are best for visits to take place.

Who would be coming to my school?

One of our team members! You can read about the Student Voice team here.

What happens at a school visit?

There are three main activities that we offer on a school visit: a workshop, a roundtable, and a storytelling session. In a roundtable, a Student Voice team member facilitates a conversation in which students discuss the state of their school. Currently in schools, students are asked to think critically about everything but school itself! A roundtable creates a structured space for  students to think about what school is like and what school can be. In a workshop, students  engage in an activity in which they conceptualize  what their ideal school looks like. Then, students collaborate  to identify issues in their school they'd like to address and develop an actionable plan to work with adults to seize opportunities for improvement.  During a storytelling session, students engage in activities that exhibit the power of storytelling as an entry point to authentic and productive conversations and reveal the potential of storytelling to be used as a means to create empathy and change.

What happens after a school visit?

We hope that a visit from Student Voice empowers students to become changemakers, reveals the importance of their voices in their school and community, and mobilizes them to channel their passion into the formation of a Student Voice Chapter. The chapters program provides students with resources, curriculum, professional development opportunities, and support in creating a Student Voice club in their school to elevate student perspectives in policy decisions. Additionally, we hope that all students join Youth United for Action (YU4A), an online community for youth activists and changemakers.

I filled out the form! What’s next?

Within the next day, you’ll receive an email from Megan Simmons, our Director of Strategy, so that you can schedule a phone call to talk about your school and plan a visit.