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Student Advocacy, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Education, Educational Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Student Advocacy gets kids on track to school success. Our mission is to ensure a meaningful school experience for each student struggling to overcome the odds through services distinguished by
• expertise in the laws and practices of school systems, social services, mental health services and the juvenile justice system;
• a commitment to breaking down barriers in any system that are obstacles to student success;
• extensive collaboration with other child service providers and with families;
• negotiation and use of any necessary administrative remedies;
• a commitment to effecting system change through advocacy.

Programs: Provide support services and technical information to assist children in obtaining access to appropriate education.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for several years, and have had the opportunity to see a tremendous professional growth in both the agency and the staff. While there might be others who may be able to offer similar services, there is nowhere else, and no one else available to help students and families with limited or no financial resources. The respect that the agency receives from the school districts, courts, DSS, Probation and other social service agencies is a clear testament to the expertise and abilities of our talented staff.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Student Advocacy is dedicated to obtaining for every child the education that best suits his or her skills and needs and to which they are entitled by law. By informing their parents or guardians (mothers are usually the ones who contact us) of the resources available to them, this can be accomplished. Of course, educating young women (and men) will create a new generation of productive and capable citizens. Currently, the agency is serving 667 children being served in 41 school districts.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Student Advocacy just recently held its 15th OTO (Overcoming the Odds) Awards dinner. Prior to the dinner, I wrote a personal card to each of the four students and included a 25 dollar gift certificate from Target in order for the student to buy a little something to take to college. I felt so much pleasure while watching them go up to the podium and mention a little about their personal goals.