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Student Voice Matters: Apply for EL Education's Student Advisory Council 2023 Cohort

“I want my voice to be heard, but I also want to be an ear for my peers and give their voices a platform too.”

Kayla Mitchell, founding member of EL Education’s Student Advisory Council

Students know what’s working and what isn’t working in schools; after all, they have a daily seat to experience instruction firsthand. When student voice is at the center of our work, we can create classrooms where teachers fulfill their highest aspirations and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world. Applications for the Student Advisory Council are now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2023 cohort!

What is the Student Advisory Council?

The SAC is an incredible leadership opportunity for students in EL Education schools. SAC members are empowered to use their voices to shape and inform education decisions that directly impact their schools and the broader education landscape. Over their two-year service commitment, SAC members:

  • Hone their leadership skills with targeted support from advisors as they weigh in on EL Education’s strategic initiatives.
  • Serve as listening leaders for their peers, then act as advocates for improved education systems, structures, and experiences by sharing concerns with people and organizations in the position to make needed improvements.
  • Elevate EL Education ideas, practices, and impact to broader audiences by co-planning, hosting, and facilitating virtual and in-person meetings with stakeholders, speaking on panels and at conferences, writing/co-writing blogs, collaboratively creating multimedia content, and more.
  • Serve as thought leaders and agents of change within their classrooms, communities, and world.

Why do students join the Student Advisory Council?

SAC members gain skills that prove invaluable to postsecondary success:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship-Building
  • Listening
  • Confidence
  • A Strong Moral Compass

Founding SAC members

Here’s what EL Education’s founding members of the Student Advisory Council have to say:

“I’m gaining advocacy, leadership, and listening skills that translate to other life opportunities as well as valuable experience to put on my resume and college applications. I’m a step ahead for college.” -Kayla Mitchell

“Student Advisory Council gives me the confidence to recognize what I bring to the table, even when I’m sitting across from people who know ten times what I know or are more well-versed, more famous, or have more experience than me.” - Amelie Ghirado

“Being in an EL Education school, I already know a lot about Crew, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Now, as a member of the Student Advisory Council, I get to stand for those things too.” - Marissa Barnwell

Ready to change the world?

Criteria & Eligibility


Youth who are working to be great and effective human beings, evidenced by:

  • A demonstrated passion for making the world a better place; compassion for others; a spirit of teamwork and service; and a deep commitment to inclusion, equity, and justice for all
  • An understanding of and commitment to the values of EL Education
  • The ability to work effectively with other youth and members of their school and local communities
  • Strong communication skills in listening, speaking, and/or writing

Youth who are committed to:

  • Working as a Crew with other council members to propose and consider ideas and to make decisions and recommendations; being regular and prompt in attending meetings and participating effectively
  • Researching, planning, and working outside of meetings to further the knowledge and work of the council


Youth must:

  • Be in middle school (6-8), high school (9-12), or post-secondary life
  • Currently attend an EL Education school and will attend an EL Education school for the entire two-year term (exception: alumni and/ or those heading into post-secondary years)
  • Have a school liaison willing to support them for the entirety of their term.
  • The liaison is a school-based staff person who facilitates the young person attending monthly meetings that happen during the school day, communicates with the young person’s family, teachers, and school administration, and supports with preparation as needed.

EL Education joyfully welcomes program applicants with rich lived experiences, including English Language Learners and students with a range of ability levels, such as students who are neurodivergent, students with learning and thinking differences, etc. We provide accommodations to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the Student Advisory Council. If you or your student needs accommodations to A) complete the application in an alternate format, such as a video application, and/or B) ensure continued success in the program, please reach out to Jessica Wood, Associate Director of Experiential Marketing at