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Student Voice News

Session Topics

  • Political Advocacy 101 Dylan Shapiro
  • Applying our Leadership Tyrique Whitson
  • Creative Advocacy Neila McElfresh & Jay Shank
  • Mental Health Abby Blank & Morgan Snyder
  • Networking Luna Plaza
  • Your Digital Footprint Yara Almoussa
  • What is Student Voice? Student voice is the practice of educators intentionally, purposefully, and systematically eliciting student viewpoints on a specific topic for improvement purposes.
  • Concerning student voice, it is always critical to seek first to understand. To reach this goal, district-wide data was used to identify the underrepresented students and create an opportunity for leadership and development.
  • The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council was created in 2017. The stakeholder nominated and peer elected student leaders went through intensive leadership training and took on the committee work at the school-level and the district-level.
  • The District has taken multiple steps to raise student voice in addition to launching the district-wide council, including: seeking student input on the suspension ban planning and implementation including students in the development of Imagine PPS themes and groups sponsored the Project Manager, Student Voice and student representatives to attend the Classroom Without Borders Poland Study Seminar supported various student-driven virtual projects such as, the “Month of Non-violence”,  the Covid-19 educational campaign, and the work around voter registration.
  • The work has truly shifted to a place where the work is student-led.  This website is a pure representation of the Student Voice work at Pittsburgh Public Schools as it is designed by student leaders who are knee deep into the work and committed to ensure that student voice is a staple of the work that happens at PPS!.


  • SSAC Vision PPS students will have an opportunity to provide insight and input on policies and practices implemented by the PPS School Board and District leadership. The council will also share the interests and concerns of students at their school with District Leadership and School staff. Students work collectively and collaboratively with issues that affect students overall, such as mental health and equity; they also work on sub-committees that address subjects such as Website Design, Student mentorship, and Teaching About other Cultures. The group's overall vision is for students to act as ambassadors for their peers while capitalizing on their access to authority.
  • SAGC Vision PPS students and students city-wide learn about district, city, and state policies and political structures from local and state government officials. Students serve as liaisons between their community and the School Board, City Council, and State Legislators.
  • Summer Leadership Workshop The summer leadership workshop is a 4-day event, usually in August, in which members (newly selected and continuing) of SSAC and SAGC come together to train for the next school year. This workshop will help students discover skills they may not know they have and how to use them. Going through various presentations and discussions, students will also learn about ways to best lead the communities of their respective schools.


  • Student Mentor
  • Voter Registration
  • Website Design
  • Mental Health
  • Conference Planning
  • Teaching About Other Cultures ( TAOC)
  • Equity


  • Student Voice Megaphone


    Social Media

    Instagram: @pps_studentvoice

    Facebook: @PPSStudentVoice


    Mailing Address

    Office of the Superintendent

    341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Room 217 Pittsburgh, PA 15213


    Staff Contact Information

    Student Voice Project Manager, Lenell Reid: 412 457 5304