A Political Home for Young People

The Ohio Student Association is a statewide grassroots organization led by young people and anchored by student-led chapters on college campuses across the state. OSA brings together young Ohioans from different backgrounds and with different experiences to imagine and fight for a better future.



Our Work

Blog Posts

OSA Cleveland State Picks up Wins to Make CSU More Accessible to Folks with Criminal Records
When we convened for the fall semester in 2019, OSA leaders Kevin Ballou, Donnell Walker and Jenna Thomas began building our campus chapter of OSA―a team that now includes 15 core team members and many supporters. Our …
Let them Go! Virtual Show
The Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail led by member organization OSA held the “Let them Go!” fundraiser on Friday, May 22nd at 7 pm featuring a variety of talented local musicians including …
“Invest in Ed, Divest from Prisons” Report 
Introducing . . .  The "Invest in Ed, Divest from Prisons" Report  (click here) and The Ed4All Convening (October 19th – 20th 2019)    "Invest in Ed, Divest from Prisons: How shrinking incarceration can save higher education"  …
Broke Student Survey
When OSA went to ask the legislature for more financial aid, they told us straight to our faces: "Why can't you just get a second job?" Hold my beer. People who make decisions about financial AID have …
C-Space Happy Hour: Higher Education
OSA has built a team of young people to host events that connect liberation and political work with cultural work and creativity. The popular “C-Space” return by hosting an issue-specific “Creative Town Hall” on higher education, where …
Get Lit For Liberation
  On March 13th, over 200 people attended the second Get Lit for Liberation and raised nearly $2,000 in support of the Cuyahoga County Bail Fund. It was a unique meld of arts and activism: bands, visual …

OSA isn’t about speaking for young people— it’s about empowering young people with the tools to not only speak for themselves, but to organize their communities and build power to win the future we all deserve.