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Student Voice convenes actors, authors, teachers, students, policy makers and more at second annual Student Voice Live! summit in New York City

Student Voice convenes actors, authors, teachers, students, policy makers and moreat second annual Student Voice Live! summit in New York City

Press Release
August 20, 2014

NEW YORK, NY— On Sept. 20, 2014, Student Voice will host its second annual Student Voice Live! summit at shootdigital studios in New York to advance the education conversation and add a new perspective to the schooling community with help from Dell, Microsoft, the GENYOUth Foundation and other partners.

The 2014 event will be emceed by Hunger Games actress Jaqueline Emerson with keynote addresses by some of education’s most prominent figures, including:

  • Student, inventor, scientist and cancer researcher, Jack Andraka
  • Author of the New York Times best-selling novel, “The Smartest Kids in the World,” Amanda Ripley
  • The Director of the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, Richard Culatta
  • TV personality, former VP of Fox Business and CEO of GENYOUth, Alexis Glick
  • President and CEO of Youth Service America, Steve Culbertson
  • Founder of Think of Us and foster child advocate, Sixto Cancel

Dell’s Youth Innovation Advisors, 12 Under 22, young global influencers will also be on-hand to lead think tanks, redesigns and problem-solution discussions, which will produce tangible lists of action-items that combat some of education’s biggest issues like bridging the digital divide and higher education barriers. A few of this year’s most anticipated sessions will focus on entrepreneurship and education, a student bill of rights, and the launch of The Student Ignite Show, to name a few.

When asked about Student Voice Live! on Student Voice’s most recent virtual hangout, author Amanda Ripley said, “I can’t tell you how many times I speak at places about education and there isn’t a single student in the crowd, let alone on the stage, so I’m very fired up for this.”

Student Voice Co-founder and Executive Director Zak Malamed says the organization has plans to top its 2013 success with an expected outcome of more than 300 guests in person, 500 participants on social media, and students from six continents engaged virtually through satellite summits around the world.

“We promise to feature the most influencers and facilitate greater impact than any other student-led, student-centered event this year,” Malamed said. “Students should be participating and facilitating conversations that affect their lives, and Student Voice Live! will make that possible.”

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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 and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.

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