Youth Senate

Ever Feel Like You’re Not Being Listened To?

Join the Youth Senate and Be Heard!

What is the YOUth Senate? As a civic enterprise, the Youth Senate brings teens together from area public high schools in a district-wide forum. Student representatives discuss issues and solutions weekly in school Action Senate meetings, and district-wide weekly Senate Lead Team meetings. The Youth Senate, comprised of motivated representatives, fosters youth voice and leadership and encourages cooperative relationships among youth and adult allies interested in positive change.

What do YOUth Senators Do? The Youth Senate gives teens opportunities to raise issues and voice concerns about their schools and communities at school-based and district-wide meetings. As representatives of their student organizations and the Youth Senate, Senators develop service, advocacy and philanthropy projects, and implement action plans. These projects include Achievement Solutions Teams, School Board Committee and the Local and Global Fight Poverty Project. Youth Senators also conduct youth-led research, such as the two-year Leap the Gap research project on achievement disparities.

How do YOU get involved? All students are invited to become a member of the Action Committee at any time, as well as the Senate Lead Team as at-large voting representatives or as representatives from student government, clubs or community youth organizations. The Senate has district-wide meetings and in-school Action Committees. Voting rights are related to regular attendance.

Does anyone listen? YES! Using their associate seat at the Ann Arbor Public Schools School Board table, Youth Senators on the Senate School Board Committee collect information, write reports and present student issues to the School Board. 

School Board Committee (SBC) The SBC of the Youth Senate provides a channel for ideas, issues and experiences voiced by youth across the district. Reports are written, edited and formally presented to the Ann Arbor Board of Education by SBC members. In the last two years, more than 30 teens have presented to the School Board. Page Links