Hayden Watkins

Hayden Watkins


Legislative Coordinator & Board Member

Hayden Watkins (he/him) serves as the Kentucky Student Voice Team's Legislative and Policy Coordinator and is a member of KSVT's Board.


Hayden Watkins (he/him) serves as the Kentucky Student Voice Team's Legislative and Policy Co-Coordinator, helps produce KSVT’s podcast, and is a student researcher. He is also a member of KSVT's Board. One of Hayden’s favorite projects with the team was working on the Race to Learn study, which delivered direct student input on racism and race education in Kentucky Schools.

Hayden is a junior at Rowan County Senior High School and is an alumnus of the Rogers Scholars, Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, and Governor’s School for the Arts programs. He deeply loves Kentucky, especially his own region of the state tucked away in the Appalachian mountains.

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Notable Contributions

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Race To Learn


This study distills the results from the 10,725 Kentucky middle and high school students from 114 counties who took our Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Student Survey.

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Kentucky Student Voice Team Reflects on a Year of Impact


Education research, policy, and advocacy led by Kentucky youth produce measurable results.

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Bipartisan Legislators Seek School Accountability


Three measures under consideration would enable students to hold their schools accountable.

KSVT Adds Students & Adult Allies to Board


Thirteen students and two adult allies were appointed Directors of the Kentucky Student Voice Team on Friday. The intergenerational Board of Directors reflects KSVT’s mission to promote more democratic schools and communities.

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