Take a Seat
What is the purpose?
One of GENup’s primary student groups is our association of student board members in districts across California that works with our chapters to pass local resolutions. Thus, the Take a Seat Campaign is one of GENup’s oldest and most widespread initiatives, and something that’s very important to us as an organization as it aims to use AB261 to get even more students positions on their School Boards. We believe students are the primary stakeholders in education and that should be reflected in the decision-making process for our public schools.
What does the campaign look like?
Many districts in California already offer Student Board Member positions to any student who decides to run and gets the job. This initiative is targeting districts that do not already have a similar program in place and is best suited for the GENup chapters in or near those districts. Once a student board member is established in the district, we can connect them with our network of members across the state so that they can communicate with each other about large-scale projects and initiatives.
How can my chapter or I get involved?
If you know that your chapter lacks a student voice on your school board, get started on this campaign to our toolkit, and to get extra help, please email !