Spotlighting Student Voice
As this historic and challenging school year ends, League of Education Voters (LEV) is working with students across Washington state to support their advocacy for what they need as schools transition to in-person learning in the fall. The LEV Field and Policy Teams are laying the groundwork for our 2022 legislative priorities and working with partners to spearhead advocacy efforts to disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline and provide services to students and families to remedy the effects of the COVID pandemic.
In our next LEVinar centering student voices on Thursday, June 24th at 12:30 pm, we have assembled a statewide panel of students, educators, and community organizers to discuss the impacts of racially motivated violence, presenting tools that can be used in schools to best support students on a daily basis.
Also, high school students affiliated with The Root of Our Youth wrote a LEV guest blog about the importance of mental health supports for BIPOC students.
And in the latest episode of LEV's Putting Students First podcast (also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts), we speak with high school students from the Washington state Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) about LYAC’s history, how LYAC operates, LYAC’s impact on education policy, and what they would change if they were in charge of the state’s education system.
Read more about our work below.
Putting Students First Podcast – Washington state Legislative Youth Advisory Council
In our Putting Students First podcast, we interview policymakers, partners, and thought leaders to spotlight education policies, research, and practices so that together we can create a brighter future for every Washington student. In this episode, we connect with students from the Washington state Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC). LYAC is codified in law as the official youth advisory body to the state legislature. Throughout the year, 14-to-18-year-old student members of the council actively lobby legislators, testify in committee, advise various government agencies, host events around the state, collaborate with nearly 200 community organizations, and much more.