Past Work

(S)HE Matters

2019

One of our team members, Celia Ziliak, founded (S)HE Matters, a group dedicated to decreasing sexual harassment in schools.

CAP/KTG Scholarship Lobbying

2019

We knew we still had work after our Powerball Promise campaign, since a line-item veto by the governor prevented all $55 million from being allocated towards CAP and KTG scholarships. In the 2019 legislative session our team advocated to ensure those scholarships continued to be funded. Though it wasn’t a budgetary year, we pushed to continue the policy where excess lottery funds continued to be allocated towards the need-based scholarships.

March for Our Lives KY

2018

In the wake of the Marshall County High School shooting, our team, like the rest of Kentucky, was in conversation about what it meant to feel safe. Some conversations revolved around physical measures, like firearm restrictions, metal detectors, and school resource officers, but we wanted to have another equally important discussion: that about school climate and safety.

Powerball Promise

2016

After we released Uncovering the Tripwires to Postsecondary Success and completed the Powerball Promise campaign, we knew there was even more work to be done around postsecondary access. We continued what our team had always done best -- listening to students -- and travelled across the state, leading roundtables in counties from Letcher to Campbell.

Uncovering the Tripwires to Postsecondary Success

2015

Over the 2014-2015 school year, the Student Voice Team conducted an investigation into the barriers high school students face in the transition to college and postsecondary education. We interviewed academics, teachers, policymakers, parents, administrators, and of course, students, across the state to get a better picture of the challenges inherent in the college entrance process.

Students in Superintendent Searches

2015

When Fayette County Public Schools began its search for a new Superintendent in 2014, our team realized no student voice was involved. Superintendent screening committees, an important part of the search process, did not permit students to be members.

We Can’t Wait: Restore School Funding

2014

Kentucky slashed per-pupil spending in 2013, one of 15 states to do so, and investment in education stagnated despite inflation.