At the August School Board Meeting, the Miami-Dade County Public School Board unanimously approved item B-5: Recognizing the District 9 Office Student Fellowship, proffered by School Board Member Luisa Santos.
The District 9’s Office Student Fellowship is an opportunity for students to use their voices and lived experiences to be changemakers in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) system while developing professionally. High school and college students can join or lead one of four teams: Policy, Communications, Relational Organizing, and People Operations. The mission of the program is to equip a group of students that mirrors the diversity of the M-DCPS community with the knowledge and skills to effectuate change while building an inclusive and equity-centered program where students’ voices are amplified.
Over the course of the first three classes, over 100 fellows have researched and drafted two successful M-DCPS Board items, tracked over 200 state legislative bills, connected with over 800 constituents via the Office’s Listening Campaign, staffed over twenty of School Board Member Santos’ engagements, drafted over 400 congratulatory letters, grew and maintained the office’s social media presence, and hosted meaningful opportunities to connect with community leaders, such as Senator Jason Pizzo and State Representatives Vance Aloupis and Dotie Joseph.
“The District 9 Office Fellowship combines real world experience, professional development, and access to making their voices heard by the highest decision makers in their very own educational journey.” said School Board Member Santos. “Student voices and their experiences should be vital to everything we do. I am humbled by the time and dedication each and every fellow has placed into the work that we do. I believe that we will reach educational equity with these leaders working alongside us.” To read the full item, visit: https://luisasantos.com/initiatives/