Dropout rates, student achievement, and workforce readiness will improve by integrating student voices in the classroom and in society – research shows this.
We also believe that student voice can reduce absenteeism, enhance school climate, promote civic engagement and build character among all students. Student Voice was inspired by the lack of student voices in education. The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations identifies that the higher the grade level, the less likely it is that students believe they can be part of the decision-making process for their educational experiences.
Only 44% of students believe they have a voice in decision making and this dips to as low as 34% in 12th grade.
In the same research, a similar inverse relationship can be seen when students are asked if school is preparing them for the future. Interestingly, the higher the grade level, the more students expressed concern for the lack of curiosity and creativity in their current education climate. Kids Count also conducted research finding a similar correlation suggesting higher dropout rates for students later in high school.
Strengthening the student voice will positively change the education climate.
Student Voice is a for-students-by-students nonprofit organization spearheading a social movement to integrate student voices into the global education conversation. Our non-partisan outlook allows us to best address student issues through reach of our digital platform, depth of our network, and communication of the student voice initiative.
We don’t just believe that students should have a voice— research proves that society would be better if students had an influence in the decisions that impact their education and lives.
In May 2012, students across the nation came together to form Student Voice. We started with #StuVoice Twitter chats, which reached millions of users by engaging them in student-centered discussions. Soon, presidential candidates, corporations, journalists, educators, parents and community influencers also joined the conversation, and together we began to talk about ways we could better the education environment for all.
The next step in advancing the global education conversation was creating our website, StuVoice.org. The site is now the hub of student content on the Internet and is where students express their ideas about education through blogs, vlogs, resources, and other organizational content. Inspired by this success, Student Voice partnered with the Asia Society, Dell, Intel and Microsoft to present Student Voice Live! last April in New York City. Conversations that were once confined to 140 characters blossomed into meaningful exchanges between stakeholders in the education community and beyond. With satellite events in dozens of countries on six continents, the desire for student voice and student action took new heights on a global scale.
What about now?
Now launching as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit start-up organization, Student Voice is pioneering the way toward global education reform. We help students build their brands, provide students with developmental resources to grow their networks, and initiate student support for idea-sharing and global collaboration. We are organizing a way for change, but we need your voice to help.