From 2016-18, the Student Press Law Center piloted a program to train and empower college age women to partner with high schoolers on projects focused on free press and free expression. The Active Voice initiative was rooted in the findings of a 2016 study that revealed school censorship of journalism disproportionately targets female teens, marginalizing their voices and diminishing their ability to develop as leaders.
We are proud to highlight the achievements of two cohorts of Active Voice fellows whose free speech service projects spanned an academic year.
The Student Press Law Center is currently evaluating and retooling this initiative, along with seeking sustainability through dedicated funding.
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- Research on female high school journalists and censorship
- Pilot project’s mission
- Video interviews
- Don’t silence young journalists, Education Week op-ed column by Frank LoMonte (Feb. 15, 2015).
2017-18 Active Voice Fellows
(From left to right: Jamie Crockett, Melissa Gomez, Naba Siddiq, Savannah Robinson, Paula Pecorella)
2016-17 Active Voice Fellows
(From left to right: Sophie Gordon, Sindhu Ravuri, Shine Cho, Nashwa Bawab, Darlene Aderoju)