WHO WE ARE
Project VOYCE (Voices of Youth Changing Education) is a Denver-based non-profit that empowers youth to be the change they wish to see in the world! Project VOYCE (PV) was initially conceived by and for high school youth who wanted a quality education and a better chance for success in life. The organization was founded by youth and adults in 2006 following the controversial closure of Denver’s Manual High School.
The Mission is: To empower youth to create positive change within their lives, their schools, their communities, and the world.
Our goals include: increasing graduation and post-secondary success rates among predominantly high- poverty, inner-city youth; improving the quality of education for all students; and inspiring youth to become educated, informed, and engaged citizens.
Our current partner schools are:
- Bruce Randolph School
- Manual High School
- CEC Middle College of Denver
- Denver Center for 21st Century Learning
- Noel Community Arts School
- Denver Justice HS
- West Generation Academy
- North Valley School For Young Adults
WHAT WE DO
Project VOYCE provides services at the individual, school/community, and systems levels. First, PV hires and trains up to 35 inner-city youth as part of its 8-week Summer Leadership Institute. Afterwards, approximately 160 students participate in Chapter Teams at our five DPS partner schools during the school year. Students focus on peer-led initiatives to improve school culture and increase student engagement. Finally, PV works on special projects that promote positive change at the systems level. These projects include teacher trainings, youth-led action research, media campaigns, and legislative advocacy. PV serves more than 3,000 students, teachers and school leaders each year. Just how useful are the voices of students in school renewal? Take a look at this December 2010 article from the New York Times.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“I used to be a statistic. As a freshman, I had no credits, no home, and no hope. Through Project VOYCE, I have learned skills that not only helped me grow and be successful, but also help others at my school.” Destiny Carney, 2013 DC-21 High School Graduate
“The best thing I have learned in 20 years of teaching math to improve my teaching is what I have learned from Project VOYCE.” Taylor Betz, Bruce Randolph School teacher.
“Because of the training and the interactions with the students and staff at Project VOYCE, our teachers will be approaching their classrooms and their students with a forward- thinking attitude centered on engaging students… I could not be more thankful for our partnership with Project VOYCE and the invaluable information and perspective that our teachers were supplied with.” Jennifer Fox, Teach For America – Colorado