The mission of the Providence Student Union is to build the collective power of high school students across Providence to ensure youth have a real voice in decisions affecting their education.
The Providence Student Union had its beginnings in the spring of 2010, when students from Providence’s Hope High School joined together to fight to protect their school’s popular block schedule from being dismantled. These young leaders formed PSU’s first chapter, which they called Hope United, and began a series of campaigns to improve their school and the quality of their education. After achieving a number of school-based victories, the group decided that their youth-led advocacy model would be valuable to students in other high schools in the city, and so PSU began organizing chapters across the district. We now have PSU chapters in several schools, each working together to increase the collective power of students throughout the city.