Bay Area Student Activists (BAStA) was created in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to unite students on issues that concern them. BAStA aims to bring together Bay Area students from all backgrounds and work together to amplify our voice. Our entirely student-led organization promotes student engagement in the civic process, and it works with policy-makers at the city, school district, county, and state levels on issues that affect students. BAStA is also committed to educating students on how to exercise their rights in school and in the government. BAStA hopes to continue spreading student activism in the Bay Area, and it intends to show the state that high school students will not be silent on issues that deeply affect them and their communities.