Student Board Representatives
The Board of Education includes two non-voting student representatives who serve in an advisory capacity to represent the interests of students in Philadelphia. The student board members represent their peers by communicating student opinions to the School Board, and reporting Board deliberations and actions to the student body.
Keylisha J. Diaz, a junior at Philadelphia Military Academy, is a natural leader who, as a Student Board Representative, wants to be a voice for all students across the district to improve their educational experience. Keylisha, described as determined and selfless, already has experience advocating for students in her roles as President of Student Government and Vice President of the Gay Straight Alliance at her school. She is also an Army JROTC staff sergeant, with six Army JROTC ribbons, and a National Honor Society member.
In her role as a Student Board Rep, Keylisha plans to share the views and needs of the District’s students with Board Members to improve the student experience. “I believe constructive criticism is important in making needed changes and moving forward,” Keylisha says. “I will give it everything I have to ensure that Board Members hear the student voice.”
Toluwanimi Olaleye, a junior at Carver Engineering and Science, described as passionate and determined, loves biology and is an aspiring pediatric oncologist. She currently participates in the Junior Fellows Program, hosted by the Philadelphia College of Physicians, for students interested in careers in healthcare and medicine. Toluwanimi, who received Carver’s Freshman of the Year Award in 2019, hopes to begin her college journey at Johns Hopkins University.
Toluwanimi believes the environment, opportunities and community at her school are a true blessing, and she would like to share them with younger students at neighboring elementary and middle schools, so they are aware of the academic opportunities nearby. As a Student Board Representative, determined to make the world a better place, she would like to help increase mental health awareness within schools and support the next generation of students.
Mission & Purpose
As Student Members on the Board of Education we hope to hear from students about the ways in which we can best serve them; bridge the gap between the Board of Education and students by both advocating for students and communicating Board decisions; and encourage students to be more engaged and have an active role in policy and decision making.
- Be actively involved in their school community and willing to work to support Philadelphia’s public schools, on behalf of their peers, on a regular basis.
- Be willing to represent their peers by communicating student opinions to the School Board, and reporting Board deliberations and actions to the student body.
- Be available to meet with the School Board on a monthly basis, to communicate the concerns of their peers, and make an effort to be at every public meeting.
School Year 2018-2019
Student Board Representatives will hold meetings for students of the District at various high schools through the City. Stay tuned for a final schedule of dates, times, and locations.
School District of Philadelphia students can submit written testimony at any time to email@example.com.
Students are encouraged to register to speak at Board Action and Committee Meetings. Speaker are given (3) three minutes to address the Board. Speakers are also encouraged to submit (1) one written copy of their comments.
Those interested in speaking may register by completing the following forms at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting:
Action Meeting Speaker Registration
Student Achievement & Support Committee Meeting
Julia and Alfredo have been hard at work as the 2018-2019 Student Board Representatives. They visited 11 schools and engaged with their peers to provide feedback to the full Board. View their Year in Review Report below, or download here and check-out their Student Guide to Testifying at Board Meetings.