A huge thank you goes out to all of the nominees and voters who took the time to participate in this contest and get out the vote!
Final Voting Results
258 – Granite State Organizing Project
6,532 – Hearing Youth Voices
98 – Portland Empowered
2,117 – Providence Student Union
3,388 – Sociedad Latina
408 – Up for Learning
6,002 – Young Voices
This year, more than 18,000 individuals submitted votes on the Students at the Center Hub, with Hearing Youth Voices finishing with the most votes.
About Hearing Youth Voices
At this New London, Connecticut-based group, youth leaders identify issues, research solutions, and run campaigns aimed at making concrete, meaningful changes in their public schools. The core membership and leadership are working class youth of color, many of whom are also LGBTQI, and/or immigrant, and/or have been pushed out of school. At Hearing Youth Voices (HYV), these young people are coming together to demand educational justice. Recently, HYV youth ran the “We Want to Graduate Campaign,” which focused on systemic obstacles to students graduating, specifically absence-based credit loss and suspensions. After two years of hard work on the part of hundreds of youth, the New London Public Schools (NLPS) revised its attendance policy to offer supportive interventions instead of punishments for absent students, a change that affected the more than 3,000 students and families in NLPS. Additionally, HYV youth worked alongside a broader coalition of parent advocates, school staff, and Board of Education members to create the district’s first-ever Restorative Practices pilot project. Most recently, HYV successfully advocated for students to become voting members of the Board of Education’s Policy Committee, integrating student voice into the highest level of policy decision-making in the district.