Student Advisory Council

Current Members

Alumni: Class of 2021

About the Student Advisory Council

The most effective change is grounded in the experiences of and inputs from those most impacted by any system. The Illinois 60 by 25 Network Organizers – Advance Illinois, Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University (EdSystems), and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) – are establishing a Student Advisory Council to gather feedback on how students experience various initiatives that the Network supports. Network Organizers also seek to understand what kinds of supports would be helpful to students as they navigate the education system.

The Council will gather on a regular basis to share their perspectives to inform the 60 by 25 Network’s efforts and statewide policy more broadly, deepen their own knowledge on issues that advance educational equity, and strengthen their understanding of the education policy and practice landscape in Illinois. 

Student Advisory Council Role, Responsibilities, and Accountability

The Student Advisory Council members are expected to participate in up to three meetings per academic year. Council members who are unable to attend meetings should notify the Network Director in advance. Members who miss more than two meetings over the course of the academic year and/or are unable to actively participate may be asked to step down to ensure the Council has functional student input. 

In addition to the three virtual meetings per year, council members are encouraged to attend the annual Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conference as possible to increase their familiarity with the Network and its mission.

Who Should Apply?

The Illinois 60 by 25 Network seeks Student Advisory Council members who reflect the diversity of students in the State. The ideal member embodies the following:

  • A current high school student at a public school in one of the Illinois 60 by 25 Network Leadership Communities (see the list of current Leadership Communities
  • An openness to new ideas and desire to learn
  • Willingness to share their knowledge about and experiences with education

Applications are currently closed.

What Can You Expect as a Member of the Student Advisory Council?

  • Meaningful opportunities to contribute to recommendations to improve educational experiences and outcomes for students across Illinois 
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Access to a Network of leaders from around the state and opportunities to learn about diverse careers in the education sector 
  • A $100 per meeting stipend as part of your participation

What Is the Time Commitment of the Student Advisory Council?

Membership in the Student Advisory Council is a two-year commitment. Upon completion of a term, Council members in good standing who are still in high school will be invited to renew for a consecutive term. To ensure continuity, Council members are selected from all grade levels.

To be in good standing, members are expected to attend virtual meetings or communicate conflicts in advance. The Network Director will work with members to identify dates and times that work best around school year schedules.

What's a Good Job or Career?

In the May 2021 convening of the Student Advisory Council, Juan Jose Gonzalez of Education Systems Center at NIU introduced the concept of the living wage and shared resources for learning more about career opportunities that meet the living wage threshold.