NEW YORK, NY — Today, Student Voice announced plans to host its second annual Student Voice Live! conference on Sept. 20 in New York, N.Y. Students, teachers and education influencers will meet at shootdigital studios at 9 a.m. for a daylong discussion regarding the current education climate as well as student-initiated plans for its improvement.
This year’s Student Voice Live! will focus on progress over the last year as well as how the world can better integrate students into the global education conversation. Student Voice will also launch its new show, “Students Ignite,” which will highlight its work as well as the endeavors of other Student Voice activists around the world. In addition, Student Voice Live! will push the organization’s new “Pro Voice” initiative, which aims to inspire education influencers to advocate for students to become partners in designing their educational experience.
By partnering with Dell, last year’s inaugural Student Voice Live! event convened more than 300 students and Student Voice supporters and reached more than 5 million people in April 2013. This year, Dell has renewed its commitment to Student Voice Live! by co-sponsoring the conference in September.
Student Voice Executive Director, Zak Malamed, says the organization has plans to top its 2013 success.
“We will include the most influencers and facilitate greater impact than any other student-led, student-centered event this year,” Malamed said.
The 2014 event will feature student, inventor, scientist and cancer researcher Jack Andraka; author of the New York Times best-seller, “The Smartest Kids in the World,” Amanda Ripley; and Dell’s 12 Under 22 list of young global influencers, among other soon-to-be named participants.
Although Student Voice lives predominantly online, Student Voice Live! will be one of many physical extensions of the student-led education movement, which leverages 96 percent of students with Internet access and 59 percent who use social networking to discuss education specifically.
About Student Voice
Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at StuVoice.org and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.