The Student Advisory Council is a collective of twenty young leaders from across the city of
Chicago, who are passionate about education and addressing issues affecting students
throughout Chicago Public Schools. With the support of Mikva Challenge, the council has
learned about different factors that impact inner-city public education and met with several
stakeholders, activists, and educational representatives including Chief Education Officer, Dr.
Janice K. Jackson. With these opportunities, the council developed and curated
recommendations for the Chief Education Officer of Chicago Public Schools.
The CPS Student Advisory Council is composed of 20 youth from high schools across the city. The group advises the Chief Education Officer of Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Janice K. Jackson, on the youth perspective of all school-related policies and issues. The Council members work in subcommittees with CPS leaders to develop action plans based on youth led research on building community investment in neighborhood schools.
- Developed a comprehensive list of 7 recommendations on areas of community engagement in CPS neighborhood schools including: community perspective safe passages, libraries, life skill classes, and social emotional learning classes.
- Students also developed a Parent Language Initiative and a Feeder School Initiative that will be piloted during the 2016-2017 school year.
- Members of the Student Advisory Council were invited to moderate a panel of Janice Jackson, Forest Claypool and other CPS leaders for over 1,000 principals.
Benefits to Students
- Have a direct role in improving your school and CPS for all students
- Gain important leadership, public speaking, decision making and team skills
- Have access to a network of supporters and mentors through exposure to leaders at CPS and in the city of Chicago
- Great addition to resumes and college applications
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
- Must have been a CPS high school student for a total of at least 1 year by June 2017
- Must complete the online application: CPS Student Advisory Council Application 2017 by Monday, April 3
- Must provide a recommendation from a non-family member adult who can speak to your work ethic, character and teamwork skills (e.g. teacher, mentor, community organization, guidance counselor, etc.) Recommendation can be filled out on the CPS SAC Recommendation Form
- Must attend group interview on Thursday, April 20 from 4:30 - 7:00pm at CPS Central Office, 42 West Madison. Ventra cards will be provided at the session.
Monday, April 3
5:00pm Application Deadline
Thursday, April 20, 4:30 - 7:00pm
Group Interview - Students will be notified if they are invited to attend group interview
April 24 - 28
Students will be notified via email
Student Advisory Council Members
School: Rickover Naval Academy
Along with being a member of the CEO Student Advisory Council, Adelina is also Rickover's Battalion Commander and captain of the girls swim team and engineer on the Robotics team. As a member of the SAC she hopes to ensure that student voice is heard throughout the district. Adelina also hopes to be an impactful representative of all students in CPS. One day she aspires to study medicine and become a surgeon.
School: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
School: Walter Payton College Preparatory
School: Lindblom Math & Science Academy
School: Whitney Young Magnet
School: Northside College Preparatory
Christopher Kim is currently a senior at Northside College Preparatory High School. His desire to increase student voice within the district in order to improve the quality of education for Chicago Public School students and gain experience in policy making led him to the CPS CEO Student Advisory Council. Apart from his work on the CPS CEO Student Advisory Council, he has worked with state legislators to integrate student feedback in the state on the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council. He is secretary of his school's Model United Nations team and volunteers for World Relief Chicago where he tutors young refugees from various foreign countries. During his free time, he enjoys classical literature, beach volleyball, and singing with his family. Christopher lived abroad in Shanghai and Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan for most of his elementary school years and lived in California before moving to Chicago in 2014. These experiences developed his passion for public policy, international relations, and law which he plans to pursue in college.
School: Jones College Preparatory
I am a senior at Jones College Prep and will be attending Davidson College in the Fall with a plan to major in Political Science. I have always been passionate about education and have worked both at the community and policy level. In my community, I started a college assistance program designed to assist current high school students in the college application process. At the policy level, I serve as the CPS Student Representative on the Board. I love learning and wish to provide others with a satisfying educational experience that allows them to reach their fullest potential. A fun fact is that I really enjoy Spanish literature and authors and hope to minor in Spanish.
School: Richards Career Academy
Demaro Jones has won the National NCU President's Award and will attend Embry Riddle in Florida. A fun fact about Demareo is that he knows how to bake a cake using pancake mix.
School: Prosser Career Academy
School: Simpson Academy
Achievements: Class President, 1st ranked senior, WTS Youth participant, Transportation YOU Summit Winner in Washington, D.C College
Attending: Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL - Post plans: Fall 2016 I plan to continue my education at NIU reaching for a Bachelor's in Engineering.
Fun Fact: I am a mother.
School: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
This summer, I spent two months interning in Jalna, India as a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Intern. I currently am Valedictorian of my class, as well as class president. I have been recognized for my research in engineering heat exchangers, developing alternative fuels, and improving rice growth to fight hunger in rural India. Recently, I was named an Illinois Scholar in Career and Technical Education. I am either attending University of Illinois to study agricultural and biological engineering, or Northwestern University to study science in human culture as pre-med. Either way, I hope to obtain a career fighting world hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Fun Fact - I got a chocolate rose from Chris Soules! (Guy from the previous season of the Bachelor.)
School: Amundsen High School
School: Von Steuben Metropolitan Science
School: Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA)
My Name Is Rashaye Moss and I am a representative for my school CVCA on the student advisory council for the board of Ed. I want to give my opinion on school quality and make a change in my school as well as my community. And creating an approach that involves young people in community based learning through building intentional opportunities and skills that apply democracy in action. youth civic engagement is taking place in schools and community groups through service-based projects. And this happens to be one being apart of this council meeting with our Chief Executive Officer of the board of education. We are here to be informed empowered and active on the things that goes on in our community and with youth today. I think about the youth who struggle like me and sometimes do not have nowhere to go. They struggle like I have and want to do more than what they use too. And I want to not only help them but educate them on great opportunities like mikva challenge. I am not only a leader. I am a powerful educated youth who want more for herself and to make a change in the world today.
School: Foreman College and Career Academy
School: Perspectives High School
School: Jones College Preparatory
Lin is involved in a variety of volunteering and fundraising events with several Chinese American community organizations. She helped found the first Chinatown Youth League Council with Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community. She took part in Mikva Challenge's Education Council and created a guidebook for improving student culture utilizing student voice, expertise, and passion. At the Adler Civic Hack event in 2014, the Education Council created SCCoogle.com, a search engine for the Student Code of Conduct, and won the Best Youth Hack Award.
Lin serves as a student advisory member for the CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education.
She was also selected to be on the High School Working Group for CPS. Lin's current project, as a steering committee member at Generation All, is to launch an action plan to unite Chicagoans to revitalize neighborhood public high schools.
Lin will be a Political Science major at University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign as a Chez Scholar.
Lin immigrated from China, but grew up in Utah and Mississippi.
School: Albert G Lane Technical High School
Uriel Bandera attends Lane Tech College Prep. He is in multiple athletic extra-curriculars as well as ethnic clubs. He has not joined a student activism class in his school, but the Student Advisory Council has encouraged him to do so this year.
School: Alcott College Prep
Dominique Del Valle attends Alcott College Prep. They are a member of the Student Voice Commitee, Gay Straight Alliance, Louder Than A Bomb and After School Matter's Artist Readiness Training Program. They joined the Student Advisory Council to expand their horizons, understand new perspectives, and use their voice in a wider panel.
School: Frederick A Douglass Academy High School
Deshaney Johnson is a senior at Frederick A. Douglass High School. Deshaney also participates in the Student Voice and Activism Fellowship Leadership Program, Cheerleading. Deshaney is also the Executive Officer for JROTC.
School: Friedrich W von Steuben Metropolitan Science HS
Shehrose Charania loves her computer classes at Von Steuben High School. She enjoys technology so much that she created her own girl tech club at her school (G.U.I. Tech). As an aspiring female computer scientist, she hopes to inspire other females to join and understand the beauty of technology. Shehrose also loves to laugh, work with others, and help create change in her school and community.
School: George Westinghouse College Prep
Marquise Linnear is a Senior at George Westinghouse College Prep. He is the captain of both his Pom-Pom and Majorette teams, Junior Varsity Speech Coach of his Debate team, and participates in Math Team, 60 Watts (Warriors Ascending Today's and Tomorrow's Success). Marquise joined the Student Advisory Council to better use his voice to create change for youth in the city of Chicago.
School: Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy HS
Tyler Frazier is a Senior at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep on the far south side of Chicago. He is a leader at Brooks, as he is the President of his Student Senate, Director of Operations of Student Ambassadors, and Local School Council Representative. He will also be a cadet EMT with the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy this fall.
School: Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy
School: John Hancock College Preparatory High School
Jacqueline Guerrero, a senior at Hancock College Prep, participates in many after school activities such as College Ambassadors, Peer Mentoring, Track, and Student Voice Committee. She is also a part of the Student Voice and Activism Fellowship. Jacqueline cares about social and political issues and is an aspiring politician, neurologist, and lawyer.
School: Lake View High School
Tania Zamaroa attends Lake View High School on the north side of Chicago. She is the school's former Local School Council student representative, the Student Council President and an NHS member. Not only is she part of Mikva Challenge, she is a Chicago Scholar and is part of the Future Leaders of Chicago organization.
School: Lincoln Park High School
Citlalli Reyes, a senior at Lincoln Park High School, loves helping out others and is always willing to bring a positive outlook. She participated in her school's walk out against budget cuts.
Citlalli was a finalist in Mikva Challenge's Project Soapbox and has been interested in student activism ever since. She aspires to be a crime investigator, and lawyer.
School: Morgan Park High School
Brianna Cunningham is a junior at Morgan Park High School. She is actively engaged in leadership programs such as Student Voice and activism Fellowship, where students can focus on topics that are changing the communities they live in to better the quality of life for it's residents. Brianna is also heavily involved in her school with by being in a program called Student Voice Committee, a civic engagement program that focuses on issues in the school and students work on projects to address those issues. Brianna continues to grow as a young activist to make change within herself , the city that she lives in, and the world itself.
School: Percy L Julian High School
Arthur Wells is a senior at Percy L. Julian Highschool. Arthur also participates in a number of sports such as football, baseball, swimming, and water polo. He is a member of the National honor society and member of The Fellowship initiative program. Arthur aspires to become a civil engineer because he sees nothing as being perfect, there is always improvements to be made.
School: Percy L Julian High School
Lauryn Hill is a Senior at Percy L. Julian High School. She participates actively in the National Honor Society, Student Government, Local School Council, Student Voice Commitee, dance, and TV/Broadcasting classes. Lauryn aspires to be a writer for films and work with youth to better the community and the lives of others.
School: Phoenix Military Academy High School
Braham Aich currently attends Phoenix Military Academy as a Senior. He created and now leads his school's Student Voice Committee. Brahim is as and athletiv and participates in Phoenix's Archery team and the Firebird's Baseball team. He is also a member of the Student Voice and Activism Fellowship.
School: Richard T Crane Medical Preparatory HS
Helen is a senior at Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School where she's part of the literary magazine editorial team, Student Ambassadors Club, and holds leadership roles in NHS and GSA. During the school year, she is part of the Art Insitute of Chicago's "Teen Lab" Advanced Apprenticeship where she enjoys painting and exploring mixed media arts. Helen is fascinated by ethics and public health, she's worked at Rush University Medical Center's SICU and General Medicine units through an internship, and at Malcolm X College ASM Physical Science program.Currently, she's an artist at AnySquared Studio and hopes to grow and develop her work as an artist as well as become an educator, and innovate equitable education in Chicago with the impact of civic engagement and policy.
School: Robert Lindblom Math and Science Academy HS
Shelby Grant is a Senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. She participates in the Chicago Scholars program, National Honor Society, and has a passion for debate. Shelby wishes to make chage within CPS while also representing youth voice. In the furture, she aspires to be a teacher in secondary education and give back to Chicago Public School students.
School: Theodore Roosevelt High School
Pedro G. Garcia is a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School (RHS). Pedro is the Student Representative for RHS' Local School Council, and Treasure for the National Honor Society. He also participates in the Dreamers Making it Real, and Book Club. He is co-founder of the Dreamers Club and provides scholarships for undocumented students. Pedro wants to continue helping his community and is looking forward to implement the recommendations with his council.
School: Urban Prep Academy for Young Men - Englewood
Lezaric Armstrong attends Urban Prep- Englewood. He is the student representitive of the Junior class. He aspires to use his voice to create change.
School: Urban Prep Academy for Young Men - Englewood
Reginald Palmer attends Urban Prep Englewood Academy for Young Men on the south side of Chicago. Reginald is part of the school's basketball team. He not only is part of athletic groups but is also the voice of the class of 2016. He is an Urban Prep scholar. He is a future leader and he is a voice of our furture.
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Community Perspective Project
Implement a community awareness plan as a Service Learning Project: The project’s results will be different for each school. Students will obtain data, analyze it and decide what steps must be taken to change misconceptions related to the community school. In the survey that was created for businesses and organizations will be asked to attend a community fair located at the school. After the fair, quarterly meetings will be created by students and would invite those who participated in the fair. The meetings will allow students and representatives to discuss partnership opportunities and the issues that exist in the community.
Social Emotional Learning Classes
Have one staff member in every neighborhood high school lead Social Emotional Learning workshops after school for their students and the community members.
Life Skills Classes
Implement life skills classes in CPS Schools for students and parents/community members who are struggling with real life scenarios such as taxes, loans, and money management. Most of the classes will reflect on the issues that community members are experiencing.
Change the dynamic of the partnership between Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Public Libraries. Students and community members need to be more aware of these resources.This can happen through events that expose the youth to various resources libraries offer such as YOUmedia and After High School, programs that enforce healthy learning habits. (computers, books, study areas, and staff, etc.) are presented to them in libraries
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Parent Language Engagement
Our recommendation is implementing a system in neighborhood high schools, in which student volunteers of that school go to designated school events to help translate for the parents and staff.
The language barrier between parents and school teachers/staff in primarily spanish speaking communities causes discomfort to the parents, refraining them from participation/affiliating with the school. This is an important problem to address because the parents have the power to better schools, but they will not do so if they don’t feel comfortable due to the language barrier.
Parents are benefitting because they are being more comfortable in attending the school and talking to the staff. Students are benefited because their parents are actually involved in their child’s life. Additionally, it affects teachers because they don’t have the necessary connection with parents.
Feeder School Initiative
This recommendation is to re-envision the CPS district by instituting a Feeder School Initiative (FSI). This will not only create direct pathways from neighborhood Elementary Schools to neighborhood High Schools, to City Colleges of Chicago and Universities, it will also better utilize current programs offered by the Board of Education to change the perspective of the community on that neighborhood school to encourage enrollment.
In addition, the implementation of a career-interest guided academic career could be offered for the student to study their field of interest as early as 6th grade.
Rising High School students often have to travel out of their community to attend a High School that offers more resources such as staff available, technology and more opportunities through career interest programs (Such as medical, STEM, & Engineering) to prepare for a higher education. For those students who can’t travel/ aren’t accepted into Ivy League HS’s, they are forced into their local neighborhood high school. However, neighborhood High Schools have a bad reputation, from the community, for lacking these resources and under preparing their students for higher education.
For the student, leaving their neighborhood removes a sense of community within the student, while currently staying at their neighborhood HS puts our students at unequal disadvantages to succeed in post CPS evenues. Hence, why less than 14% of CPS graduates complete undergraduate school at 4 year institutions.
With keeping our children within their own community, they build a sense of connection. What this looks like are parents and community members mentoring students, thus creating and strengthening long lasting relationships. Plus student ambassadors are mentors, trying to get youth to speak about the issues in their community, and how they are currently addressing them.
SAC Application Interest Form 2017-2018
Please contact: Cristina Salgado via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Student Voice Coordinator, Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement.