Emanuelle has been with the Kentucky Student Voice Team since she was in eighth grade. Since then she has taken part in almost every facet of the team’s work. She likes to say she has grown up with the organization, considering how much this community has shaped her. Since her sophomore year of high school, Emanuelle has co-directed the team, contributing to the SVT’s long-term vision and strategy, as well coordinating day-to-day operations and facilitating partnerships.
She’s often described this work as “moving from protest to policy making,” including when Emanuelle appeared on MSNBC, discussing the Team’s Coping with COVID-19 Study, which garnered almost 13,000 responses from all but one Kentucky county. She’s shared the team’s policy recommendations with audiences from the Aspen Institute to the Kentucky Board of Education. Emanuelle also represented the SVT when co-authoring the Move School Forward Guiding Principles.