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There’s a real passion and drive among us students to get involved as early as we can.
I’ve found that once students learn about opportunities like this, they jump to apply because they really do want to effect change.
So when we’re bringing students together, it creates an opportunity that doesn’t organically happen in the city.
Students have continued to show that they’re ready, they’re hungry for these opportunities. And their feedback and strategies, especially when they are a part of the change, that’s where meaningful change happens in education.
Asia Mason, Project Manager, Student Voice at Pittsburgh Public Schools
Asia Mason currently serves as the Project Manager, Student Voice in the Office of the Superintendent at Pittsburgh Public Schools. In her current role, she manages district-wide student voice and student leadership opportunities in 14 schools. This work consists of managing the 85-member Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, 25 member PPS Youth Participatory Budget Council (a partnership with City Council) and ensuring that student feedback directly impacts the decisions that are made systematically.
A product of the Pittsburgh Public School system, Asia graduated from Pittsburgh CAPA in 2008. Spending a year at Temple University, Asia continued her post-secondary education at CCAC, earning an associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, then transferred to Carlow University where she earned her B.A. in Psychology Counseling and MBA in Project Management. She is currently enrolled at Edinboro University, where she is studying for her Pre-K-12 Principal Certification. Always having a passion for youth and education, Asia began working with children in the Out-of-School Time setting at Allegheny Center Alliance Church. It was through these various experiences that allowed Asia to transform her leadership perspective.
Prishti Tyagi, 10th grade, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy
Prishti Tyagi is a sophomore attending Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, where she is in the Body & Behavior Concentration. She is currently in Stand Together, USO Swimming, Girls of Steel, and the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Her love of leadership and making a difference led her to the Council. She hopes to attend Stanford University, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology.
Sam Bisno, 12th grade, Pittsburgh Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12
Sam Bisno is a senior at Obama Academy. Last year, as a member of the PPS Youth Participatory Budget Council, he helped draft a proposal for City Council that aimed to address growing gentrification in Pittsburgh by investing in community land trusts. This year, he is looking forward to taking a more school-oriented approach to bettering his city through his work on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Sam is the Editor-in-Chief of his school newspaper and, in April 2019, was elected Youth Governor of Pennsylvania. He hopes to study history at a liberal arts university after graduating.