Youth pull up a seat at the table

Youth Voice Champions

Your organization’s work to elevate youth voice is redefining what it means to work with young people. By building strong partnerships, the Network is taking a step forward in cultivating the power of youth leaders to change their organizations and communities.

One Goal's youth and adult partners in our elevating youth voice program

One Goal exemplifies youth-adult partnership by building capacity for this work in both youth and adult partners’ time.

“It’s teaching us that you need to speak up and be the change you want to see, not just wait around and just sit idly.”

– Joel Salguero, SEO Scholars

Union settlement youth partner works with other SSN youth partners

Union Settlement is thinking about how youth voice is elevated in school and program.

Hudson River Community Sailing youth partners work with adult partners

Hudson River Community Sailing wants to put youth at the center of defining and leading their recruitment.

iMentor youth and adult partners share out ideas
Sadie Nash youth and adult partners talk about commitment and resources

iMentor brainstorms ways for youth to lead council work while Sadie Nash is thinking through inclusive representation on their council.

Community of Unity youth and adult partners discuss program contracts and expectations
SEO Scholars youth and adult partners look into developing a sustainable council

Community of Unity is thinking critically about recruiting from all their schools and SEO Scholars wants to bridge students in various groups and grades.

SSN team members discussing our program with our youth partners

Our partnership in the news

EdWeek highlights the Network’s youth-adult partnership in “A New Approach to Social Emotional Learning Research: Putting Practitioners and Youth in the Driver’s Seat“. Thank you to all our organizations for nominating incredible youth leaders. You can also read more about SSN’s commitment to elevating youth voice in “Students: Our Most Important Stakeholders“.

“Asking for help, asking for youth help at that, is really empowering for not only you, but for us too, to know our voices are being heard.”

– Amya Edwards, One Goal

What’s Next?

  • Check in with your youth and adult partners to see how you can support their work. They’re all currently planning recruitment and timeline to engage more voices.
  • Learn more about your students’ experiences this year as well as iMentor and Sadie Nash’s journey at the EXPO

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Sooah Rho

Sooah is passionate about the power of young people to change their communities. She focuses on identifying ways SSN can continue to grow and cultivate an inclusive network that elevates the most important voices in education: practitioner and youth. Prior to joining SSN, Sooah was a high school English teacher in Oakland, CA where she was awarded Teacher of the Year by Oakland Unified Charter Schools 2016.


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