The National Writing Project and KQED Launch Letters to the Next President
Young people offer candidates advice on the issues they care about.
As the nation prepares to elect a new President, The National Writing Project and KQED are hosting a collective of nonprofits and public media organizations across the United States to engage middle and high school students in the election. Letters to the Next President 2.0 (L2P 2.0) offers teachers resources, learning opportunities, and curriculum ideas that tap election-year excitement to get young people reading, researching, writing, making media and talking about issues that matter to them.
“This project will create opportunities for educators to further engage youth in concerns that are central to their future,” said Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, executive director of National Writing Project. “It is important for students to be civically involved and lend their voice to a conversation about the ideas and issues of the upcoming election.”
Throughout the Spring and Summer, L2P 2.0 partners will share resources and opportunities to hone research, writing, and media making skills. By getting young people to explore questions like, “From your perspective, what are the issues the next president pay should attention to, and why?,” Letters to the Next President 2.0 gives teachers and parents tools to help teenagers become more engaged citizens and, eventually, voters.
“As a public media organization, KQED is excited to join this effort to make sure that youth have a platform to be heard on Election Day,” said Tim Olson, Vice President, Digital Media and Education. “Whether it’s the environment, jobs, human rights or healthcare, when a student knows how to produce a video or write compellingly for social media about a heart-felt issue, they can have a powerful voice in the political conversation right now.”
Later this year, Letters to the Next President 2.0 will launch a showcase website where young people 13–18 will be invited to publish and tag their work among other youth from around the country. This site will be open for entries up until the election and will remain open to promote and highlight youth voice and work into the inaugural year.
In the last Presidential Election, 10,000 students from over 800 schools nationwide participated in the first Letters to the Next President initiative.
Visit letters2president.org to connect and learn more and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #nextprez.
About KQED Education
Education is central to the mandate of public media. KQED Education engages with community and educational organizations to broaden and deepen the impact of KQED’s award-winning media. KQED Education addresses the needs of educators in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), arts and news by creating cutting-edge learning media, providing training in digital learning tools and distributing public media content to classrooms in the Bay Area and beyond via the KQED website, PBS LearningMedia and iTunes U.
About the National Writing Project
Through its mission, the National Writing Project (NWP) focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to help youth become successful writers and learners. NWP supports a network of local Writing Project sites, located on nearly 200 university and college campuses, to provide high-quality professional development in schools, universities, libraries, museums, and after-school programs. Through its many successful programs and partnerships, the organization reaches 1.4 million Pre-K through college-age students in over 3,000 school districts annually. NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.