League of Education Voters (LEV) hosts multiple parent and community trainings throughout the year.

2023 Youth Advocacy Summit & Fall Fest

Free Community Youth Advocacy Event!

This was an event for youth, by youth, co-hosted by the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), League of Education Voters (LEV), and a team of youth partners from across the state. Alongside our youth partners, we invited students, parents, leaders, and members of the community to come listen, learn, and participate in the events that students are putting on. Learn from their experiences with school. See what issues they are passionate about. Listen to and honor their hopes for the future. Whether you are a young person yourself or another member of the community, we invited you to join us as we heard from students, families, and community members.

Sunday, October 8, 2023
10:00 AM PDT

Highline College and on Zoom

2400 South 240th Street
Des Moines, WA 98198

Thank You to Everyone Who Registered

Watch the address given by 2024 Washington state Teacher of the Year Blaire Penry:

Watch the student-led panel discussion with Washington state Senator Claire Wilson and Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors Vice President Liza Rankin:

Watch Rahma Mohammed, a former South Shore PreK-8 student who now is an Educator / Innovator with Speak With Purpose (formerly We.APP), perform her spoken word piece “Bang Bang”:

Event schedule:

10:00am – Opening Remarks

10:30am – Interactive Activity

11:00am – Workshops

  • Surviving Sexual Assault, led by Leigh Howard of the Choose 180 Youth & Young Adult Advocacy Program
  • How to Write a Compelling Passion Piece and Practice It as a Speech, led by Speak With Purpose
  • How to Get Mental Health, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in Your School, led by Jennifer Putman of League of Education Voters

12:30pm – Lunch

1:00pm  – Performance by Rahma Mohammed of Speak With Purpose and a special appearance by 2024 Washington state Teacher of the Year Blaire Penry

1:30pm  – Panel: A student-led conversation with Washington state Senator Claire Wilson and Seattle Public Schools Board Vice President Liza Rankin

2:30pm  – Affinity Spaces: Youth and non-youth

3:15pm  – Coming Together

3:45pm  – Closing Remarks


Throughout the event, we featured interactive tables staffed by NAMI, the King County Library System, and other partners, as well as a LEV table where students can share what they would like to see happen in the 2024 Washington state Legislative Session.



Leigh Howard | Micah Fitzgerald | Sophia Sekits | Stacy Osoria | Victoria D

This team of youth partners are leaders in their communities, with the Washington state Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC), the Choose 180 Youth & Young Adult Advocacy Program, and with Youth Action Team of King County Play Equity Coalition.



We believe that we must chart a bolder road map towards education equity. Our students are ambitious about their futures; our job is to build systems that support their needs and their dreams.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Investing in Student Potential Advocacy Day 2020

League of Education Voters is a convening partner of the Investing in Student Potential coalition that advocates for students who need special education services. Together, we will imagine a better future for special education students, and all students in Washington state.

Thanks so much to everyone who came to Advocacy Day! Here are slides from our guest presenters:

Previous Training Resources

2019 Investing in Student Potential Advocacy Day | April 2019

2017 Puget Sound Training | January 2017