Teens find their political voice through Letters to the Next President

For their first assignment of the year, Student Reporting Labs across the country submitted short videos focusing on their concerns and questions for the next president of the United States.

In addition to being published on SRL’s Tumblrthe videos also appear on Letters to the Next President 2.0, an initiative among media partners whose goal is to give young people a platform to talk about the issues that matter most to them in the 2016 election. The project currently features more than 4,000 letters written or filmed by students on topics ranging from rising college tuition to police violence to climate change and beyond. The letters show that American youth are in fact aware and often concerned by what they see happening on the news and in their own neighborhoods. Despite not being old enough to vote, these students look to our next leader to work on solutions and ensure a brighter future for them.

Find all of the videos hereCheck out a couple of SRL submissions below and continue the conversation on social media with #2NextPrez.


Urban Poverty

Anthony Rivera, Pennsylvania from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Dear Future President (Gender Inequality)

Maui Waena Intermediate School, Hawaii from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Mental Health

John Diveris, North Carolina from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Native American Issues

Alexis Davis, North Dakota from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.