Project VOYCE NEWSLETTER

Your Investment in Project VOYCE will pay off in 3 ways:

1. BUILDING NEW NON-TRADITIONAL LEADERS

“Project VOYCE creates great leaders.”  Nate Easley, President of Denver Public School Board of Education

  • Finding and Building Non-traditional Leaders— PV seeks out, hires and trains approx. 150students/year whose leadership skills are under the radar.
  • $750,000 in scholarships and grants—that’s how much just 10 PV graduating seniors have won in the past two years.

2.  IMPROVING SCHOOLS SERVING 92% LOW INCOME STUDENTS

“We wouldn’t be able to make all these wonderful things happen without Project VOYCE.” Bruce Randolph School Principal Cesar Cedillo a week after President Obama praised Bruce Randolph School in his 2011 State of the Union Address

  • Inspiring Thousands of Teachers– PV youth leaders have delivered keynote speeches and trainings to over 3,000 educators in the last 2 years.
  • Changing School Cultures in Schools – PV is building new partnerships with  students,teachers and administrators in  Bruce Randolph School, Manual High,  CEC Middle College and Denver Center for 21st Century Learning

3.  CREATING SYSTEMIC EDUCATIONAL CHANGE

“I am moved and driven to get a group at my school, and listen to students.”

K-12 Administrator’s feedback after PV youths’ keynote  speeches to 350 educators at 2011 National Conference on School Engagement

  • U.S. Dept. of Education selected PV as one of 15 organizations in the U.S. to send youth to discuss their education concerns directly with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • 2011 National League of Cities—PV’s workshop with senior education advisers from 40 US cities was described as the highlight of the national gathering.

The youth of Project VOYCE have taken a bold stand to not give up in the face of daunting challenges to their future and that of their little brothers and sisters.

We ask you to stand with them.

Invest in them NOW!

 

I Am the Change

Five years ago I was expelled from my middle school and sent to an alternative school where I met the teacher that has made all the difference. When my world was turned upside down in 2004, due to the loss of my older brother, I began to lose control of myself and my future.  I hated school, I hated authority, and I hated any person who tried to tell me how I should live my life. I had no goals in life or ambition for a positive future. I was one leap away from walking down a road I couldn’t turn back from…until I met Ms. Montoya.  She was the first teacher I ever built a relationship with because she understood where I was coming from.  She could see the person I really was instead of the girl I was pretending to be. Mr. Losh was the next person to impact me in a positive way, because I had also never built a relationship with a principal before, and he welcomed me with open arms and a slap in the face! Haha. Not literally, but he has always told me what I needed to hear to get myself in check. Two people changed my entire view on education, and then I found Project VOYCE.

Once I began to change my view on life and education, I was offered a job a Project VOYCE. At the time I never knew what student voice was, I never knew that I was a leader, or that I could use my voice to make a difference in many people’s lives. I also never knew that this would be the best job I could ever have at my age. Project VOYCE opened my eyes to an aspect on life that I wouldn’t give up for anything.  I have learned so many skills that will be crucial in my future, and I have many years of background knowledge that will help me in my career. I want to be teacher so I can make the difference that I had in my life. I am taking the opportunity to be the change that I want to see in all the other young people out there who are lost.  I made the change for myself, and I will be the change that this society needs to get our education system on the right track. :) To be continued…

-Shelby Gonzales Parker