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Student Voice Project supports schools that work with historically underserved populations, including students from lower income households and students of color.

Journalism adviser Alexandria Lau (far left) and staffers of the Ambassador School for Global Leadership's newspaper won recognition from the Los Angeles Press Club.

Journalism adviser Alexandria Lau (far left) and staffers of the Ambassador School for Global Leadership’s newspaper won recognition from the Los Angeles Press Club.

To maximize our impact, we focus on schools that are well positioned to leverage SVP’s services. Here are some questions that we consider when evaluating partnership applications:

  • How, if at all, has the school’s journalism adviser demonstrated a desire to manage a high-quality journalism program?
  • How, if at all, have the school’s students/newspaper staffers demonstrated their interest in taking on a leadership role in a student publication?
  • How, if at all, has the school’s administration demonstrated its respect for student voice and commitment to supporting journalism across the curriculum?

We coordinate our school partnerships over a two-year span.

Journalism students at University High School strike a pose.

Journalism students at University High School strike a pose.

In Year One, each SVP partner school launches its new student publication. This requires finding and implementing curricula, recruiting students, developing the adviser-staff relationship, and creating key academic partnerships within the school. SVP assists schools to realize these goals.

In Year Two, SVP partner schools focus on sustainability, community and professional partnerships, and documentation of student and school outcomes. SVP works with schools to create viable, cost-effective, and self-supporting programs that can move forward on their own.

Within each partnership, SVP strives to make itself obsolete. Our role is to nurture fledgling journalism programs through their initial stages of development, scaffold these programs’ independence, and step away. Nine of our partner schools have “graduated” from receiving direct SVP services and we couldn’t be prouder.

Would your school benefit from a SVP partnership? Drop us a line — we’d love to hear from you!

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