Each year, PASC selects two students to serve as representatives on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. These students become an active voice on the State Board of Education by working closely with the adult representatives to draft and implement policies for basic and higher education in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They form close relationships with students across the state to voice their opinions about education, and also organize PASC's Student Summit in the spring.


The State Board of Education student representatives serve a two-year term and must attend bimonthly meetings in Harrisburg to represent students across the state. They will also attend PASC events and Executive Board Meetings, and organize the Student Summit. Students interested in applying must be a sophomore during the application cycle. Applications become available online in January. If selected as a finalist, applicants will be interviewed in Harrisburg in April. 



Ashley Svec


Anne Griffin

Every Spring, PASC invites Pennsylvania high schools to send six students to Harrisburg for a Student Summit on Personal and Organizational Advocacy. The summit focuses on these objectives:  

  • What advocacy is and why it is important?  

  • How to determine what students should advocate both at a personal and organization level.  

  • How to advocate by mobilizing others in the school and community and by utilizing resources

Students should have an awareness of and an interest in school, community, state and national issues. Each school is allowed to select six students, grades 10,11,12. Participation is not limited to Student Council leaders, but may also include interested students from National Honor Society, Class Government, and Social Studies Classes.​


1.  Students will select a topic for advocacy with registration

2.  Students will receive their topic with their confirmation.

3.  Students will research their topic so they are prepared for discussion.

before the summit

1.  Presentation by guest speaker

2.  Group discussions on selected topics

3.  Development of advocacy action plans by each group

4.  Presentation of student advocacy action plans

during the summit

We will do our best to accommodate student's choices, but have to limit the number in each group due to room size in the Capitol.  The entire program will take place within the Capitol in Harrisburg. There is no cost to the students or to the faculty sponsor or parent who will accompany students to Harrisburg, other than the cost of lunch, which is on your own at the many options around the Capitol. 
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to email Jane Hepler at

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