The Victorian Student Representative Council, or VicSRC, is the peak body representing secondary students in Victoria.
The VicSRC is auspiced by the Youth Affairs Council Victoria, and funded through the Department of Education and Training Victoria (DET) and Catholic Education Office Melbourne. Their vision is for an education system where learning is responsive to the needs of students, enjoyable, practical and meaningful, where student voice is valued and supported.
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, or YACVic, is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people’s issues in Victoria, including education.
The vision of YACVic is for a community in which all young people are valued as active participants, have their rights recognised and are treated fairly and with respect.
The Southwest Organizing Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is committed to providing leadership development to young people with opportunities and access to resources they need to think for themselves and analyze their surroundings, to have a voice in decisions that affects their lives, and to build power in their communities.
SWOP has done many projects with students in the past, including focusing on the criminalization of students in schools, writing a comprehensive students bill of rights, and more. Current projects continue examining the school-to-prison pipeline.
Youth Action in Albuquerque, New Mexico, worked with youth and community-based organizations, primarily in communities of color, low income communities, and LGBTQ communities. They nurtured youth organizing since 1987 by assisting youth and adult allies.
Youth Action provided trainings, events, technical assistance and networking opportunities to strengthen youth organizing and create change for local communities, including in schools.
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Chicago Youth United was a coalition of youth organizations in Chicago, Illinois, started in the 1990s. It worked to change school policies and fight for resources for students across the city.
School security, dropout rates, school funding, school closures and racism in education were top concerns.
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Students 4 Justice was is the youth-led youth organizing arm of Denver-based Colorado Progressive Coalition. They worked in three of Denver’s public high schools, fighting for greater public school accountability and student voice.
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Our Education, or OurEd, was a national nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The mission of OurEd was to improve K-12 education in America by engaging and empowering students themselves in a national movement for better schools. The organization was founded on the belief that the best chance we have to get the kinds of schools we need in this country is for millions of American students to call for and lead a national effort to secure them.
Our Education ran two primary programs. The first was a national youth engagement campaign to build student awareness, interest, and action regarding current efforts to improve their schools. That youth engagement campaign was run primarily through the vehicle of our national student petition to make high quality education an American right. Our Education’s second initiative was a local-based Student Voice Project which worked to increase youth involvement and capacity to contribute to policy discussions and reform efforts at the high school, school district, and state levels.
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Students United was a Topeka, Kansas-based program of Sunflower Community Action.
Students United wasn’t a typical youth group or student club. The group was dedicated to having student voice heard so schools could be made safer and better. Students United wanted all students to have an equal opportunity to succeed which means college and/or a living-wage career.
They were known for standing up and fixing problems affecting today’s students.
Students Against Testing was a New Jersey-based national organization created to be a strong force against the score-obsessed education machine known as standardized testing.
At the same time, SAT also existed as an advocate for bringing positive, creative and real-life learning activities into the schools.
The Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership, or AYPAL, is based in Oakland, California.
AYPAL has developed the leadership of over 450 Youth Leaders and has engaged over 4500 young people in grassroots campaigns. More importantly, the organization has become a vital home where youth from different schools, neighborhoods and ethnicities can gather together to learn, discuss and collectively change the adverse conditions impacting their lives.
Today, AYPAL is a leader in the education justice movement and the only organization in the state of California that organizes low-income immigrant and refugee API families around reforms in public education.