Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) is a youth organizing collaborative for education justice led by students of color from six community organizations across the city of Chicago::
Action Now Institute
Albany Park Neighborhood Council
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Southwest Organizing Project
VOYCE builds on these community based organizations’ histories of organizing both parents and students around school reform issues such as creating a policy change granting in-state tuition for undocumented students, securing the construction of new schools to relieve overcrowding, developing schools as community learning centers, and more.
Since its formation in 2007, VOYCE has worked towards increasing Chicago’s graduation rate by using youth-driven research and organizing to advance district-level policies that support student achievement. All of VOYCE’s work is driven by the belief that young people, who are most directly affected by issues of educational inequity, must be the ones to develop meaningful, long-lasting solutions. To lay the foundation for VOYCE’s campaign, over a hundred youth conducted an in-depth, year-long Participatory Action Research (PAR) study on the root causes of the city’s 50% graduation rate.
This research laid the foundation for VOYCE's Campaign for Safe and Supportive Schools and the Campaign for Rigorous and Relevant Classrooms. You can read more about both of these campaigns here and check out press coverage from last year here.