Student voice is one of the most underused forms of communication. Students have more power than they know and educating them on the proper way to use their power is a skill that not a lot of students get. Many people don’t learn that their voice and ideas have power until early adulthood. Getting students to realize the influence they have early on can be extremely beneficial in the long run for society.
With that said, I decided to facilitate a workshop for high school students from across the state on the power of their voice. On November 18, 2016 I facilitated a Leadership Training institute (LTI) through the Michigan Association for Student Councils and Honor Societies. At this LTI there was eight different high schools, around 300 students, from the Metro Detroit area. They were all mixed together and separated into four different sessions; giving each session roughly 70 students.
From there, I split each session into groups of five and had them come up with the biggest problem facing their schools. From there, they sorted through their strengths and weaknesses and came up with an action plan they could present to the faculty to work towards their problem. They then presented to the rest of the groups, so everyone could see a variety of ways to use their voices to fix multiple different problems at their schools.
I found this facilitation extremely impactful for not only the students, but for me as well. Seeing hundreds of students from a variety of different backgrounds be so passionate about a cause and working together to have their voices heard really hit home for me. Especially with the current state of our country, seeing that students from all walks of life can come together to make a concrete action plan to better their schools was extremely inspiring. I cannot wait to facilitate this curriculum again and continuing to help students use the power of their voice for good.