Mission & History

The Kentucky Student Voice Team supports students as research, advocacy, and policy partners to make Kentucky's education system more equitable, just, and excellent . At any given time, we’re made up of approximately 100 self-selected Kentucky students, ages 13-22.

The Kentucky Student Voice Team supports students as research, advocacy, and policy partners to make Kentucky's education system more equitable, just, and excellent . 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. 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.

We conduct qualitative and quantitative research. We form coalitions and lead education lobbying efforts. We amplify student stories through our podcast, blog, and other media. We share our findings through policy reports, presentations, and testimonies. We create and deliver workshops for students and older professionals—and more! 

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.