The Student Advocacy Council is a unique opportunity for students in Madera schools to lead positive school-wide change. The program was officially launched in the Fall semester of 2018 in the city’s two high schools. Unlike after school or lunchtime clubs, the program is structured as a school elective, and students receive class credit for participating.
Drawing on the yli model for youth leadership development, the Student Advocacy Council at Madera South High School and Madera High School has led work on a wide range of issues to support youth in their communities. Some examples are access to healthy foods, mental health support on high school campuses, traffic and student safety, as well as racially just reform within Madera Unified School District.
Both student advocacy councils have started anew in the 2020/2021 school year, and are excited to address issues on their campuses.