student voice matters

Students are the most significant stakeholder within the education system, but rarely are they included in decision-making. Students are treated as passive consumers of education rather than active contributors to learning. Research and practice have told us that student voice leads to greater engagement, greater well-being, improved school climate, and lower dropout rates.

  • Engage

    We bring people into the student voice conversation by building connections.
  • Educate

    We share our knowledge of student voice systems in order to help people understand the importance of student voice.
  • Empower

    We support and encourage others to advocate for and build meaningful student voice systems.


Founded in 2011, Student Voice Initiative (SVI) is a student-led non-profit organization that works to integrate student voice within education systems across Canada. We work to create student voice systems that empower all students, and that allow for meaningful student participation in all aspects of schooling – from learning in the classroom, to policy-making, to school climate. 

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