OSA is a political home for young people in Ohio.

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. Interested in getting involved? Sign up today!

Our Work

Our work entails grassroots organizing, leadership development, political education, training, nonviolent direct action, advocacy for progressive public policy, and more. Our teams and chapters primarily focus on topics such as higher education, criminal justice reform, civic engagement, and cultural organizing. 

News & Updates

  • OSA 2020 Report
    Between a critical election, an ongoing pandemic, an adjustment to remote learning, and the struggles of trying to afford an education while paying off debt and making ends meet, young people in Ohio had an overwhelming and difficult year in 2020. Nonetheless, even in these dire and unfamiliar circumstances, young people have continued to find… Read More
  • Fall Updates
    Despite the organizing challenges posed by social distancing and remote learning, OSA chapters have recently hit the ground running! The Case Western and Cleveland State chapters held new member orientations and OSA Denison held their very first organizing training. In preparation for the 2020 elections, OSA members across the state have been hitting the streets… Read More
  • 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 goal was, and continues to be, to make Cleveland State more accessible to people with criminal records. Throughout… Read More


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.