Emanuelle Sippy


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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.

Apart from her work with with SVT, Emanuelle edits a feminist art & literary magazine and is a community mangager at Future Coalition.

Writings & Publications

October 9, 2020

On the Kentucky School Board and in Their Communities, Youth are Making Their Voices Heard

August 12, 2020

Kentucky Students Report Strong Mental Health Impact of Pandemic Disruption in Statewide Survey

February 11, 2020

School Safety Requires a More Comprehensive Approach Than Armed Guards

February 1, 2020

Students as Education Partners

March 20, 2018

Hundreds of Kentucky Students Gather on Capitol Steps to Share Stories of School Violence

October 17, 2017

Kentucky Teens Release Book on College Readiness

Emanuelle on the Forum

April 25, 2020

"A Test Does Not Define Who You Are": Thoughts on #TestOptionalNOW