New Voices Student Leadership Institute application deadline, June 4

Do you know a high school student who wants to see student press freedom signed into law in your state? Are they ready to take on an increased role in the New Voices movement? 

Tell them to apply now for the New Voices Student Leaders Institute, a free, four-day program for students to develop their leadership and organizing skills, expand their role as leaders within the New Voices movement, and identify a strategy that could be instrumental in your state’s New Voices efforts. Beginning advocates welcome!

The Institute will run from July 19-22, and participants should expect to participate from 1pm-5pm Eastern/10am-2pm Pacific time.

Participation in the Institute is free, but students will commit to serve as student leaders in the New Voices movement during the 2021-2022 advocacy year. Student leaders will:

  • Identify the unique outreach and/or organizing needs within their state, and develop a strategic plan to achieve desired outcomes;
  • Attend regular Zoom strategy sessions and trainings throughout the school year, tentatively scheduled for the third Thursday evening of every month; and
  • Engage with key New Voices advocates in their state on the overall advocacy plan.

Participants in the all-online program will be joined by SPLC staff, New Voices advocates, and special guests to learn their unique capacity as change agents, deepen their understanding of civics, advocacy and press freedom, and expand their ability to act as organizers and messengers for causes that matter to them. By the end of the Institute, Student Leaders will identify the pressing organizing needs in their state  and the unique ways in which students can respond, as well as possess the tools necessary to combat these challenges. Student leaders will also receive regular feedback and check ins from New Voices advocates and SPLC staff, as well as bonus surprises throughout the year. 

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Report from the states 

Congratulations to advisers in Iowa, where the legislature has adopted new language protecting them from retaliation. Iowa was among the first states in the nation to pass student press freedom legislation (back in 1989!), but the law protected only students. As a result, many advisers faced professional consequences when they refused to censor or lean on their students to censor student media. The law now protects these advisers and ensures they will not be fired, reassigned, or otherwise retaliated against for refusing to infringe on their students' press freedoms.
It's May of 2021 and you're still standing. Keep doing that, as much as you possibly can.

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