How it Started
We spent a year researching and then pitching a proposal to the Prichard Committee to engage students as education advocacy partners.
We promoted the value of student voice in Kentucky and developed a community and culture of support around it.
We trained and supported students as school improvement partners, conducted school climate audits, listened to students about college affordability & access barriers.
Rallied students to advocate for more school counselors in the wake of school shootings in Marshall County, Kentucky & Parkland, Florida
We created the Coping with COVID-19 Student-to-Student Survey, which reached almost 10,000 students in all 120 counties during the early months of the pandemic and released a report, which was later published in a scientific journal.
We became an independent youth-led nonprofit and successfully advocated for the permanent inclusion of student and teacher seats on the Kentucky Board of Education.
We led a statewide study of students on race, ethnicity and belonging in school and launched The New Edu education journalism site.
a few things we're proud of
Some of our Accomplishments
Made Kentucky colleges more affordable for 8,000 low-income students with our “Powerball Promise” campaign
Solicited stories from thousands of Kentucky students about college affordability leading to the publication of a book, Ready Or Not: Stories From the Students Behind the Statistics
Launched the first youth-run education newsroom in Kentucky, The New Edu, centering student perspectives within Kentucky’s education system
Advocated for the inclusion of student representatives on the Kentucky Board of Education, district school boards, and School Based Decision Making Councils