Student Voices

 At Thrive Ed, student voice is a driving force in our efforts to reinvent school. In fact, students are powerful partners, decision makers, and designers in all levels of our organization. Our summer internship programs have put our mission into action as students and educators have co-designed their experiences, working side by side to address current issues in education.

2022 Student Interns

Sid Bradley

Any Pronouns

ST. LOUIS PARK
HIGH SCHOOL

Sid is a sophomore at St. Louis Park High. Their personal interests and hobbies include reading, spending time with their cat and taking nature walks. They also enjoy listening to podcasts and music as well. They really enjoy new book recommendations. They enjoy fiction or any good book!

Abhinav Kumar

He/Him

HOPKINS
HIGH SCHOOL

Abhinav is a current student president at Hopkins High School, has a position on a Google project, and works with the West Metro Youth Collaborative on bettering the Hopkins community and healing inequity in it. He loves technology, activism, social justice, video and music production, socializing, and much more. Abhinav is of Asian-Indian descent, is bilingual (Hindi/English), and prides himself on where he’s from and the perspectives he can offer. He also really loves his dog, Brufus.

Asha Mohamed

She/Her

ST. LOUIS PARK
HIGH SCHOOL

Asha Mohamed is an upcoming senior at St. Louis Park High School, and one of the many leaders in SOAR (students organized for anti racism), plays tennis on the SLP girls team and is also a co-founder of the student advisory group at the high school. She’s of Somali descent and trilingual. I’m really thrilled and looking forward to working with all the amazing people I’ve met in Thrive Ed so far to make changes in schools and learn more about restorative circles.

Saynab Mohamed

She/Her

ST. LOUIS PARK
HIGH SCHOOL

Hello! My name is Saynab Mohamed and I’m an upcoming senior at St. Louis Park High. I’m a leader in SOAR (students organized for anti racism). I’m also a part of the National Honors Society. In my free time I volunteer at the local library. I’m looking forward to learning and creating big things with Thrive Ed.

Rachel Zuraff

She/Her

HOPKINS
HIGH SCHOOL

Rachel is a rising junior from Hopkins High School but will be attending The University of Minnesota and Metro State as a full-time PSEO student in the fall. Outside of academics and her school community work, she enjoys listening to all genres of music, learning about the latest technology, obsessing over her dog Quinn, and watching documentaries. She is currently in the Global Health Leaders Conference with Johns Hopkins University learning about the field of public health and the inequities in it. She strives to give every action she makes based on her core values of empathy, honesty, and reasoning.

2022 Fellows

Using a Co-Design process, Fellows engage with scholars to create two workshops on Co-Design and Restorative Practices  to help students and educators develop skills and expertise in these areas.

Michael Sorenson

He/They

Michael Sorenson strives to create inclusive spaces for people. He brings a background in gender and sexuality studies with an eye towards intersectionality. He identifies as a queer male of Asian decent.

The Summer 2020 Thrive Ed Internship Program focused on co-creating two workshop experiences for educators and students, both centered on empowering and amplifying student voice. These 2 team are focused on either teaching Co-Design or Restorative Justice.

Team Co-Design developed a 2 day workshop that helps educators and their students harness the power of co-design and its natural ability to bring people together and help all invest in a common goal or vision. This process helps educators and students to use in the classroom to develop units of study together. This will focus on culturally responsive practices, student interests and skills, high standards for learning, and authentic assessment evidence.

Team Restorative Justice developed a 2 day workshop that helps educators and their students build a safe and trusting school or classroom community in which everyone may feel heard, valued, loved, and respected. The team is working to create an experience rooted in a respect for indigenous cultures, practices, and beliefs that are the heart of Restorative Justice, in which educators and students will examine ways to disrupt the current racist practices of our zero tolerance education system.

Learn more and register for these workshops here!

Click here to learn more about our 2020 Cohort!

During our summer internship pilot, 21 student interns from across the Twin Cities metro were hired to conduct research and share their perspectives on what’s not working in education, as well as to provide recommendations on what needs to change in order to transform the current factory-model of schooling. The interns shared their remarkable and personal work at a symposium in August of 2019, providing proof of our concept.

Their work is featured here.