Letters to the Next President 2.0

Join teachers and mentors to power civic participation for a new generation of youth.

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Youth Publishing Platform *

Letters to the Next President 2.0 is opening as a publishing platform for youth (13-18) to capture their voice on the election issues that matter to them throughout the campaign season.

*coming in August

Flexible for Educators

There is no required curriculum or timeline. Letters can be in any format: text, video, audio or image. Educators can invite youth to choose their own topics or can build the project into existing, more structured lessons (such as examining issues related to science).

Safe for Youth

Youth can trust that their work will not be followed by comments that often show up on social media or other publication sites. Each letter is featured alongside thousands of other letters by youth around the US — highlighting the diversity of ideas and opinions without comments or advertising.

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Letters to the Next President 2.0 Summer Make Cycles for Educators

In honor of the power in making and connecting, the NWP and Letters to the Next President 2.0 partners, will host a series of Summer Make Cycles for mentors and educators starting June 6. Each Make Cycle will kick off each week wi...


PBS Reporting Labs Video Letters

Encourage youth to talk about election issues that matter to them by producing a video letter to our next president. PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is a video journalism program that can help young people talk directly to pow...


Make Cycle #6: Make a Plan through Play

Welcome to Make Cycle #6! This week we encourage you to make a plan by playing the Letters to the Next President 2.0 Scavenger Hunt. Join educators from across the country who are making, sharing and reflecting on their plans for...


Teaching Debate and Media Literacy in a Polarized Political Climate

In this hangout, participants ask what impact the current political climate, often characterized by its divisiveness, has on teaching debate and media literacy. Educators and experts in the field will discuss why supporting stude...


50 for 50 Contest

PBS Education’s 50 for 50 is a contest that reinforces the importance of students across the country having a voice in the political process and government. From August 1st – September 21st, 6th – 12th grade students...


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Hosting a Presidential Debate

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Students will watch one of the 2016 debates and then hold a debate of their own focusing on the major issues that emerged from that debate. Students will compose arguments, practice debating, review the history of presidential deb...


The General Election

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Every four years, voters across the United States cast ballots to decide who will be the next president. This video helps students to make sense of the American election process by learning how citizens decide who to vote for in t...


Youth Radio on-the-ground reporting from the National Conventions

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Young people from Youth Radio will provide on-the-ground reporting from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-20 and the Democrat...


Make Cycle #5 Archive: Make a Video Letter with your Phone

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In this Make Cycle for Letters to the Next President 2.0 that ran in July, we encouraged educators to make a short video that tells a story about how an election issue affects you or your community. Here is archive of what ha...


PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs at the National Conventions

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Three journalists from the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs will be providing on-the-ground coverage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-20 and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-2...


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