In 2011, a young man named Mohammad posted a video on YouTube where he spoke into the lens of a handheld camera. “My name is Mohammad, and I am undocumented,” he said. He explained how his parents immigrated to the United States when he was 3 years old, and detailed the difficulties of being undocumented, […]
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Through the Letters to the Next President 2.0 project, students and educators embrace digital writing and media-making as chance to be heard in an election year.
From now through the fall, The New York Times Learning Network will be providing lesson plans, student contests, and more to support educators in teaching the election. At the top of the list is our own project, Letters to the Next President 2.0, that currently provides opportunities and resources, and will become a publishing platform for youth (13–18) where they can voice their opinions on important issues through writing and an array of media.
This election year, Facing History and Ourselves reminds us that young people can make a difference outside the voting booth by standing up and voicing their concerns about the injustices around them.
Teachers in the South Bronx extend opportunities for student-driven online writing projects through the Youth Voices platform. The work was supported by a 2014 LRNG Innovation Challenge grant and benefited students who have immigrated to the US and lack the resources that many of their native-born peers enjoy.
What tools would you use to improve democracy in the US? Our partner Facing History and Ourselves uses inspiration from common tools found in toolboxes and shares some images and ideas from their latest seminar to answer this question.
Our partner, The Learning Network, introduces the origins of #CharlestonSyllabus—a crowdsourced list that provides information about the history of racial violence in the United States—and provides a collection of resources from the New York Times that’s free to students and teachers.
Educator innovator Nicole Mirra reminds us that it’s not so much the tools that create innovation, but that innovation lies in the activities and opportunities that teachers provide to harness these tools.
See how youth from socially and economically diverse backgrounds have come together, through an LRNG Innovation Challenge grant, to create micro networks that have given them opportunities to have a positive impact in their communities.
Grounded in Youth Participatory Action Research and supported by an LRNG Innovation Challenge grant, students at Castle Hill Middle School in the Bronx are engaged in thinking critically about issues that matter to them, and are empowered to provide solutions.