Teachers, librarians, mentors and other educators are invited to use Letters to the Next President 2.0 to provide an opportunity for youth ages 13 - 18 to publish writing and media about the issues and topics that are most important to them during the 2016 Presidential election. Writers are asked to address their letter to the future US President, whomever that person may be. We ask that writers do not address their letter to a specific candidate or party or advocate simply for a specific candidate or party. We welcome mutlimedia letters as well as text-based letters.

As an educational project, Letters to the Next President 2.0 provides these community guidelines:

  • Letters to the Next President will be read by a diverse national audience. We encourage writers and educators to consider this public audience when writing and publishing.
  • We encourage writers and educators to read widely in the site as a way to explore diverse perspectives and interests from youth around the country.
  • We encourage writers and educators to share letters outside the site in order to promote dialogue around issues that matter most to youth today.
  • We encourage writers and educators to cite sources and provide links to research as appropriate so that readers can learn more about the issues that matter to youth today.
  • We encourage educators to support writers by creating opportunities for discussion, research, writing, feedback, revision, and publishing. Educator-facing resources and opportunities are available to support both classroom-based and outside of school work in these areas.

Letters to the Next President 2.0 has been designed for use in schools, libraries, and other educational settings and is COPPA compliant.

  • When publishing, educators and writers should respect the privacy considerations of peers and others in their community. See our Privacy Policy.
  • Educators and writers should review our Terms of Use. Please note that hate speech will not be tolerated and will be removed by administrators.
  • Community members and readers should report problems or concerns to administrators by flagging content on the site using the Report a Problem feature or emailing us at [email protected].

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