There are several ways for students to get involved in organizations that can help their schools and their communities. Here are a few opportunities for student involvement.
Honorary Student Board Member
An Honorary Student Board Member is selected annually to represent the CPS student body by attending the Chicago Board of Education’s monthly meetings. This individual will also be an appointed member of the CEO’s Student Advisory Council. The application process typically occurs between mid-September and the first week of October.
CEO Student Advisory Council
The Youth Innovation Fund of Chicago provides action grants to student groups and classrooms for civic innovation projects. The council is comprised of 19 youth from high schools throughout the district. The Youth Innovation Fund is directed by the Mikva Challenge, the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, and the CPS Office of Service Learning.
Local School Councils
The LSC is composed of the principal, teachers, parents, community members and student representatives.While students aren’t allowed to vote on matters such as the school budget, choosing a principal or selecting the School Improvement Plan for Advancing Academic Achievement (SIPAAA), they do get an opportunity to learn and participate in a local school council.
This unique program combines classroom curriculum with the needs and issues of the community to engage students in both areas.
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