Mission & History

We are young people co-creating more just, democratic Kentucky schools & communities as research, policy & advocacy partners.

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Our work includes exploring how students can be governing and policy co-creation partners, developing student-led evaluations of school climate and culture, pioneering youth-led participatory action research, and leading legislative advocacy campaigns focused on school safety, college affordability, and student representation. We do original reporting and share student voices on our podcast, Get Schooled, and our online news outlet, the Student Voice Forum. First and foremost, we listen to, train and work with students to help build the collective power of youth across the Commonwealth.

Our History

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 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.