STUDENT VOICE & Leadership

Student Board of Education

The Student Board of Education is a district civic engagement youth leadership program that equips students with the skills to design and advocate for sustainable youth-led policy solutions to social justice issues impacting their school communities. Student Board Representatives serve as liaisons on behalf of their schools between the student body, and the Board of Education, as well as participate in a year-long action civics and leadership development program.

The SBOE Mission

We, the members of the Denver Public Schools Student Board of Education enhance the performance of our schools by:

Promoting student voice and leadership

Building powerful relationships among  students and powerful youth/adult partnerships

Creating positive environments

Fostering our school and district goals

Student Board of Education


DPS School & District Data

  • 2020 Denver Plan
  • Unified Improvement Plans
  • School Performance Framework
  • Whole Child Framework
  • Dr. Sharon Bailey Report 

Action Civics Cycle

  • Myself and My Community
  • Identify Root Problem
  • Research the Problem
  • Data Collection
  • Apply Research Findings
  • Policy Development
  • Policy Proposal
  • Policy Implementation

Deeper Learning Outcomes 

  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 
  • Effective Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Learning Mindset

SBOE is comprised of three main components:

The Summer Student Voice & Leadership Retreat

The SBOE Leadership Class

Bi-weekly district SBOE meetings

Meet other student leaders from different schools across the district

Learn how to make social change in your school

Gain opportunities to network, attend leadership conferences, and travel and service learning experiences

Earn honors elective credit!

Get Involved!

Interested in getting involved with Student Voice & Leadership? Contact us for more information.

Student Voice & Leadership



YAALL is a district youth civic action team born out of the request from both the community and the district to have student voice at the table when seeking solutions to the current crisis in African-American and Latino and Indigenous administration, teachers, staff and students in Denver Public Schools.


The DPS Student Board of Education, enhances the performance of our schools by promoting student voice and leadership, building powerful relationships among students and between students and adults, creating a positive environment, and fostering our school and district goals.

Challenge 5280

Throughout the school year, Student Board of Education leaders engage in implementing change through Challenge 5280, a student leadership competition. Students develop innovative policy arguments to make their school communities more equitable, and, in turn, to advocate for social justice.

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Denver, CO 80203

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