Student Voices is a nationwide civic engagement initiative to address the problem of declining political involvement by young people. The project helps high school students become informed about current issues in government and candidates in local elections. With a strong service learning component, the Student Voices curriculum helps bring civics to life inside and outside the classroom, while students can use a feature-rich website to research local and national issues and to discuss them with their peers in moderated Speak Outs.
The Student Voices program at Philadelphia’s Central High School, led by teachers Stan Levy, William Graham and Michael Horwits, has been recognized with a $100,000 award to further civic engagement among students and communities. Central is one of seven schools nationwide to receive the award. The awards were presented by AARP, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary