Student Leadership

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The purpose of the Office of Student Leadership is to create opportunities for all students to be able to have an outlet, support, and skills to voice their wants and needs effectively. These opportunities will help students make connections and develop a sense of belonging to their school.

City-Wide Student Government (CWSG)

The CWSG is a representative embodiment of student voices in the School District of Philadelphia, which provides counsel and presents ideas to adult decision makers. The vision on this group is to have all student voices heard and prioritized. Every district high school that has a functioning student government/council is able to elect two students to the CWSG. Schools may send the names of their student representatives to

Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board (SSAB)

The SSAB is a group of high school students throughout the district who discuss issues that affect students and come up with solutions to problems.  Members meet bi-monthly throughout the school year with the Superintendent, Dr. William Hite, and are advisors that act as liaisons between The Philadelphia School District and the students of that district.  Schools may send the names of their student representatives to  Past topics discussed by student advisory board include: student leadership, school dropout rate, communication/messaging, school climate, mentoring, Diversion Program, and School Police Officer relationships.

Student Government/Council/Leadership

The student government groups help share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals. They often also help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects, helping people in need and school reform.


Mentoring is programming that involves elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.

Black Male Engagement

The BME portion of this office is working to close the opportunity divide for male students of color by aligning and focusing resources and initiatives towards the specific goal of reducing the dropout and disciplinary rate for the male students of color. Also, this office includes Latino, Asian, immigrant and other populations of male student in our District.

My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative

Using an evidence-based and data-driven mentoring model and student support system to tackle chronic absenteeism, this campaign calls on schools to take strategic actions to reduce rates of chronic absenteeism among their students. Currently we are focusing on 6th and 9th graders for this initiative.