The Montana Office of Public Instruction strives to put students first. Through partnerships with students, parents/caregivers, and schools, we are dedicated to bringing the voices of Montana students to the forefront of important conversations regarding student mental health, wellness, and school safety.  

Montana Students Speak Out! 

Student Voice Submission Opportunity 

Join the conversation about supporting student wellness in Montana! We want to hear from students to better understand their experiences and hear their recommendations to improve in-school supports for student mental health and wellness. We are currently seeking youth video submissions and written submission to elevate Montana student voices. To participate you must be a Montana youth between the ages of 14 and 19 years old. Please see this informational flyer for more information. 

To submit a student voice video:

  • To get started, fill out this google form to let us know about your interest.
  • Each student will also need to have a parent or caregiver complete a Release Form before we can publicly show his/her video.

To submit a written response: 

  • Students can provide written responses using this google form
  • Students can provide their names or remain anonymous in their responses. With permission from the student, we will reach out to the student for more information if needed and about permission to use student quotations. A completed  Release Form is required before we can publicly share a student's name or quotations.     

How the student voice submissions will be used: 

Video submissions: We will gather video submissions and bring the voices of Montana students to the forefront of the important discussions and activities to support Montana students. Student video submissions will be gathered, combined with others, and shared widely with schools, health providers, and decision-makers from across the state. The final version of the student voice video project will be made public for anyone to view.  

Written submissions: Like the video submissions, we will bring the written responses of Montana students to the forefront of the important discussions and activities to support Montana students. Student written submissions will be gathered, combined with others, and shared in a written report with schools, health providers, and decision-makers from across the state. The final written report of the student voice project will be made public for anyone to view. 

School Climate and Safety Student Advisory Board 

The purpose of the School Climate and Safety Youth Advisory Board is to gather and elevate youth voice to promote action to be taken to assure every Montana student feels safe, welcome, and supported in school. We will bring high school students from around the state together in virtual monthly meetings to discuss topics the student identify as important to supporting student mental health and wellness.

We are currently looking for schools to assist students in joining the conversation about supporting student safety, mental health, and wellness. Please see this informational flyer for more details.

School Safety and Wellness Student Voice Projects 

We will continue to add to this section as our work to elevate Montana student voices continues! Check back frequently for updates. 

Creating a Safe and Connected School Climate for American Indian Students 

Creating a Safe and Connected School Climate for American Indian Students: Guidance for Montana Schools Developed with Montana Students: A positive school climate, where students feel safe and connected, is critically important to academic success as well as emotional wellbeing. The recommendations featured in this guide are informed by the research literature that is available as well as the lived experiences of a group of Montana Urban American Indian students.  

Student School Safety Recommendations 


Contact:

Michele Henson, School Safety Program Manager, 406-595-1058

Jamey Petersen, Coordinated School Health Unit Director- 406-437-1760