About PSU

Providence Student Union’s first big action—our walkout in support of Hope High School.

Providence Student Union’s first big action—our walkout in support of Hope High School.

Who we are

We're a non-profit organization with one goal: building student power so that young people can improve their education and well-being. 

We aspire to be a genuinely youth-led union where young people can freely unite to develop leadership skills, organize for ground-up improvements to their schools, and ultimately win a fair say in the education system. 

What we do

Our main focus is to raise up student voices so that young people have the opportunity to shape their schools and their future. Check out our campaigns page to see what issues PSU is tackling now and what we've successfully achieved in the past. We also cultivate leaders through our workshops, sponsored travel to conferences, and through our summer program.

Seven high school students of color sit around a table working together in a meeting.


The Providence Student Union was formed in the spring of 2010 when students from Hope High School joined together to protect their school’s popular block schedule from being dismantled. These young leaders formed PSU’s first chapter—Hope United—and began a series of campaigns to improve their school. After achieving a number of school-based victories, the group began organizing chapters across the Providence Public School District. Currently, PSU chapters in 6+ schools across Providence are working together to increase the collective power of all students.

How can I help?

As a non-profit organization, we can always use financial contributions to cover the costs of bus passes for students, supplies, food, and other office needs. 

There are also so many other ways to get involved. Check out our Take Action page for more ways that you can help build student power!