A new program of discounts for local high school students at more than 40 businesses in Westport got underway this week.

Suggested by Staples High School students who are members of the Westport Youth Commission, the new Student Discount Partnership has been organized in conjunction with the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and Westport Downtown Merchants Association.

Students at Staples, Greens Farms Academy and Weston High School can qualify for discounts of 10 percent or more by showing their student IDs at any of the participating businesses. Participating businesses will display the partnership logo in their windows. The list of participating businesses can be found on the Chamber of Commerce and Youth Commission websites — http://bit.ly/1KBsTx0 or http://bit.ly/1Lc4clA.

“It has been a pleasure working with the students to get their idea up and running,” Matthew Mandell executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement announcing the discoutn program. “They are a dedicated bunch and worked from the start to make this a win-win for both students and the local businesses. It is hoped for and anticipated that once the program goes live even more merchants will sign on.”

Kyle Ratner, student co-chairman of the Westport Youth Commission, added that the panel “was formed to give a voice to the young people in our town. We are proud to lead this initiative, supporting high school students and our local businesses. This truly demonstrates when kids set their minds to something, we can get things done.”

Organizers said the program may be expanded in the future by including local middle school students, and possibly those from nearby colleges.