Providence Student Union Is Now Online

It’s official! The Providence Student Union finally has a home on the web. You should check it out:

For those who haven’t heard of PSU, it is a youth-led, school-based organization that brings young people together to build the collective power of high school students across Providence to ensure youth have a real voice in decisions affecting their education.

Hope United’s walkout and rally outside City Hall back in 2010

The Providence Student Union had its beginnings in the spring of 2010, when students from Providence’s Hope High School joined together to fight to protect their school’s popular block schedule from being dismantled. These young leaders formed PSU’s first chapter, which they called Hope United, and began a series of campaigns to improve their school and the quality of their education.

After achieving a number of school-based victories, the group decided that their youth-led advocacy model would be valuable to students in other high schools in the city, and so PSU began organizing chapters across the district. We now have PSU chapters in several schools, each working together to increase the collective power of students throughout the city.

And now that we have a website, I can say this: if you would like to learn more about PSU, or about our current campaign against high-stakes testing, please see our website! And if you are interested in staying in the loop about the great organizing PSU’s student leaders are doing, please consider joining our mailing list.

Creating a real, permanent infrastructure of student power in Providence has never been more important, and our youth organizers are doing their best every day to work towards that goal. We appreciate your support!

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Aaron Regunberg is a community organizer in Providence and a state representative in House District 4.

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