Tour Across America's Schools

We partnered with over 60 schools across the United States to hold workshops and roundtables, opening the dialogue between students and adults about the importance of student voice.

Meet the schools

Students we met

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

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

Schools we visited

Newtown

,

PA

Council Rock North High School

October 31, 2019

Huntsville

,

AL

Academies for Academics and Arts

October 25, 2019