The Student Alliance for Public Schools was founded by a group of students in Hillsborough County that attended one of the first Community Conversations. They wanted to elevate their own voice in public school policies and decisions.

Currently, Student Alliance programs are at select schools in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. These groups are working on student led solutions to raising the graduation rate. They presented their work to the Tampa Bay community in March at Grad Day for Tampa Bay, a GradNation Community Summit.

In January, the Superintendent’s Leadership Conference was held in Hillsborough County. Students heard from Superintendent Eakins and other school leaders about the importance of student voice in shaping school and district policies. They also participated in team building activities and worked on developing the programs they created at their schools.

In addition, Student Alliance leaders met over the summer for the Summer Leadership Conference. They collaborated with each other and with administrators. They developed plans for their work in the fall and left us all energized and excited!