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Raising Student Voice & Participation (RSVP)

Written by Vrushangi Shah, Student at H.H. Dow High School

RSVP has been a great addition to Dow High School this year. So far, we have completed two summits and both of them went very well. As a student, I think the outcome of RSVP is much better then I thought it would be. During both of the summits, the participation from the student body was great. The student body seemed to have no trouble brainstorming ideas regarding improvement in our school and what should stay the same. I noticed that a lot of the ideas that came out of summit one were similar. We put up posters that came out of summit one around school and it really seemed to gain attention from students and staff. Summit two was shorter and easy to conduct. Once the leadership team combined the data and presented the top issues, the students had no trouble voting. Everyone seemed to know what they wanted changed around the school. Personally, I am getting positive vibes from the process. When I see students talking about RSVP in the halls and believing in the process it really boosts my confidence in the program. Most of the teachers I have talked to also seem to enjoy the process and look forward to changes for the betterment of our school. I think RSVP is a positive program to bring students together in order to fulfill a common goal. To top it off, I believe the training with MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership was very helpful and really helped clear up many questions. The training gave us an idea on how we should run the program and how we can make our school an ideal place. I look ​forward to further participating in the summits to bring changes for current and future students of Dow High!

For more information about the Raising Student Voice & Participation (RSVP) program, click here to visit the NASC website. Interested in bringing RSVP to your school? Contact the MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership office!