April 28, 2015

Ambition Grant To Measure Campbell Jr. High Student Voice

WINCHESTER, KY — How engaged are Campbell Junior High students in creating the environment they want at their new school, and how much of a voice do they have in school decision making? The Student Voice Team will use a $10,000 Ambition Grant from The Greater Clark Foundation to find out.

The Student Voice Team works to elevate the voices of Kentucky youth on the classroom impact of education issues and to support students as policy partners in improving Kentucky schools. The audit at Campbell will help test key theories about how to support students as partners in making schools better.

“We’ll gather quantitative and detailed qualitative information for parents, teachers, administrators and the broader community about what Campbell students are experiencing currently, and their potential for contributing in the future,” said Rachel Belin, Director of the Student Voice Team. The audit will include meetings with faculty, administrators and students; a student opinion poll and roundtable discussions. The audit will be conducted during May and June, with the final report due this summer.

“Campbell welcomes the opportunity to work with the Student Voice Team to magnify student input so we can improve our school,” said Principal Dustin Howard. “We want our students to know we value their opinions and ideas, and we understand that giving them a say in how the school runs helps improve their own opportunities for success, both while here and later in life.”

The Greater Clark Foundation’s Ambition Grants provide funding for community-driven projects that can be completed and the results documented within 90 days. The projects must take place within the Foundation’s focus area of greater Clark County and relate to one of the Foundation’s three focus areas:

  • Civic and economic vitality;

  • Educational attainment;

  • Health, well-being and quality of life.

Nonprofits, religious institutions or local government entities in the Foundation’s service area are eligible to apply for the grants and can also serve as fiscal agents for other applicants as long as the purpose is charitable; however, project benefits must extend beyond the organization’s own constituents. These quick-turnaround projects empower average people to think and act in extraordinary ways while realizing that their personal ambitions might be shared by others in the community who can work together. Through distribution of small grants, the Foundation encourages an engaged population and a culture of “bright spots” in Clark County.

The Kentucky Student Voice Team is a statewide organization of young people who are co-creating more just, democratic Kentucky schools & communities as research, policy & advocacy partners.


It was founded in 2012 at the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky—early childhood through postsecondary. Since 2021, KSVT has been an independent organization.

The Greater Clark Foundation

The Greater Clark Foundation

The Greater Clark Foundation is about Ambition for a Vibrant Community. A health legacy foundation, its mission is to make the Greater Clark County area of Kentucky one of the best places in the country to live, work and play. Based in Winchester, the Foundation focuses its investments on civic and economic vitality; educational attainment; and health, well-being and quality of life.