Let’s make school better. Together.

Meet our Youth Advisory Council.

You can’t start a band without musicians. You can’t run a knitting circle without knitters. So how can we create learner-centered communities without learners? 

At reDesign, we’re committed to keeping learners at the forefront of our hearts and minds. Our vision for the future is anchored in equitable, learner-centered communities — so ultimately, what is best for learners will always inform the design, creation, and evaluation of everything we put out into the world.

We center the student experience by ensuring our decisions, designs, and practices are informed by student voices, aspirations, and needs. At the heart of our efforts is our Youth Advisory Council.

Our Youth Advisors collaborate with our team in a variety of ways. They review our designs, test our assumptions, and gift us with authentic feedback. Most importantly, our students are empowered to draw on their many identities and unique school experiences to develop their own ideas about how to make school better — for ALL students. 

Meet the 2021-22 Youth Advisors.

At a glance…

Sonya Pholsiri (Round Rock, TX)
Sabbia Gale-Donnelly (Crompond, NY)
Matthew G. Smith (Baltimore, MD)
Marbellyn Lopez (Round Rock, TX)
Hayden Hill (Durham, NC)
Donelle Nalder (Boise, ID)
Devonne Riddick (Lawrenceville, GA)
David Vicuna (Temple, TX)
Darisel Velez (Central Falls, RI)
Chase Nelson (Ellicott City, MD)
Ava Richardson (Memphis, TN)
Alex Williams (Baker, MT)
Akayla Baynes (Wentzville, MO)
Aanika Dalal (Austin, TX)

14 students.

10 states.

4 grade levels.

Hundreds of ideas about how to make school better.

Want to get involved?

Join the team!

Our application process for the 2021-22 YAC Team is closed. Check back soon for information about next year’s application!

We don’t care about your grades, your GPA, or the courses you’re taking. If you’re a high school student who’s passionate about making education better — we want you to join our team!

To learn more about who’s eligible, what’s involved, and how to apply, check out our flyer below.

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