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 between students and adults

Creating a positive environment

Fostering our school and district goals

Student Board of Education


DPS School & District Data

  • 2010 Denver Plan
  • Unified Improvement Plans
  • School Performance Framework
  • Colorado Healthy Kids Survey (school data)

Professional Development Training

  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
  • Facilitative Leader Training
  • How to Navigate Difficult Conversations
  • Team Building
  • Leadership Theory and Ethics

Professional Development Training

  • SMART Goals
  • Time Management Tools
  • Process Management Tools
  • How to Measure Progress and Get Results

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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