Often dismissed as powerless because they can’t vote, secondary students can actually be a strong voice for school equity. By partnering with local schools to deliver our Student Advocacy Program curriculum, CSE connects with students and engages them in a dialogue about the state of education in their community through the lenses of their experience and the direct impact on their lives. Throughout the academic year students are educated, informed, and empowered to take action in their communities. Students are also prepared to confidently have a voice in the important conversations impacting education in cities like Memphis. CSE currently facilitates our curriculum in 10 Memphis high schools, with weekly program sessions aimed at training students in advocacy, campaign planning, setting goals, public speaking, and other tools which help amplify the voices of students.
During this inaugural year, our team worked with 487 students to facilitate the Student Advocacy Program curriculum. Through their advocacy efforts, our student advocates visited Nashville to discuss education issues with state legislators and Commissioner McQueen, organized and led school walkouts against gun violence, and organized their peers to advocate for education causes.
Please complete the following interest form if you’re interested in having the Campaign for School Equity student advocacy program in your school for the next academic year. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.