Recently, we've noticed that young people are increasingly joining together to have a greater say in national policy debates. A few organizations have sprouted up in recent years started by young social entrepreneurs. One that comes to mind is Students for Education Reform, founded by two college students and focused on social justice and urban education. Another is Student Voice, which is all about giving high school and college students a platform to express their thoughts on the issues they care most about. There are others and whether this constitutes a movement or not is hard to say. What is clear is that some millennials aren't waiting to have a voice on the great issues of the day.
So it won’t come as a surprise that Student Voice is holding its first-ever national summit on Saturday and it will be live streamed worldwide. In fact, we at Girl Scouts will be taking part in Student Voice LIVE!, as the daylong conference sponsored by Dell Inc. is called. Eileen Doyle, vice president of program at Girl Scouts of the USA, will be one of the participants in a panel discussion titled From Home to School to Community: Fostering the Student Voice. The session will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and you can view it online (as well as the rest of the conference) by logging on at http://new.livestream.com/Dell/stuvoicelive. And the Twitter handles are #StuVoice #DoMoreEDU
You don’t have to wait until Saturday, however, to get the conversation going. Do you think that students and young people are all-too-often left out of national conversations about issues that affect them, such as education? Would including their thoughts and perspectives lead to better policies and programs?