Apply Now: New Voices Student Leaders Institute

About the Institute

Do you know a high school student who wants to see student press freedom signed into law in your state? Are they ready to take on an increased role in the New Voices movement? 

Tell them to apply now for the NEW VOICES STUDENT LEADERS INSTITUTE, a free, four-day program for students to develop their leadership and organizing skills, expand their role as leaders within the New Voices movement, and identify a strategy that could be instrumental in your state’s New Voices efforts. 

Participants in the all-online program will be joined by SPLC staff, New Voices advocates, and special guests to learn their unique capacity as change agents, deepen their understanding of civics, advocacy and press freedom, and expand their ability to act as organizers and messengers for causes that matter to them. By the end of the Institute, Student Leaders will identify the pressing organizing needs in their state  and the unique ways in which students can respond, as well as possess the tools necessary to combat these challenges. Student leaders will also receive regular feedback and check ins from New Voices advocates and SPLC staff, as well as bonus surprises throughout the year.

New in 2021: Beginning advocates welcome! The Institute will include two tracks, one for experienced New Voices advocates who want to take their leadership and organizing skills to the next level, and one for new advocates who want to be a big part of New Voices but want a crash course in organizing and advocacy. All student advocates will work together to protect and restore student press freedom nationwide. 


The Institute will run from July 19-22, and participants should expect to participate from 1pm-5pm Eastern/10am-2pm Pacific time.

Participation in the Institute is free, but students will commit to serve as student leaders in the New Voices movement during the 2021-2022 advocacy year. Student leaders will:

  • Identify the unique outreach and/or organizing needs within their state, and develop a strategic plan to achieve desired outcomes;
  • Attend regular Zoom strategy sessions and trainings throughout the school year, tentatively scheduled for the third Thursday evening of every month; and
  • Engage with key New Voices advocates in their state on the overall advocacy plan.

To attend, students must be a rising high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a state with an active New Voices campaign, who has demonstrated previous interest in the New Voices movement. Prior participation in organizing, lobby days or testimony is not required, but may be helpful. Attendance is limited, and a recommendation from an adviser or active New Voices advocate is required.

Apply now

Students, the deadline to apply is June 25.

Advisers or active New Voices advocates should submit letters of recommendation on behalf of students here:

Questions? Contact Hillary at