Mission & History
The Kentucky Student Voice Team supports students as research, advocacy, and policy partners to improve Kentucky schools. At any given time, we’re made up of approximately 100 self-selected Kentucky students, ages 13-22.
Our work centers the least heard students, as the student voice isn’t meaningful when it’s only an opportunity afforded to students who get certain grades and come from certain zip codes. We envision a Commonwealth where all school staff—be it cafeteria staff, counselors, or custodians—are equipped to support students. We envision a Commonwealth where legislators co-design policies with young people. We envision a Commonwealth where research is democratized, informing action for justice. We envision a more just and equitable world.
The Student Voice Team was founded in 2012 by a small group of high school students and adult allies who felt that students should have more of a say in how their education works. In 2013, the Prichard Committee officially added SVT as one of its many programs. After over eight years of incubation at the Prichard Committee, the Student Voice Team spun off to become the independent Kentucky Student Voice Team.
In 2017, we celebrated our fifth anniversary. Watch the video below to hear the story of our first five years.