National Writing Project

Letters to the Next President 2.0

Letters to the Next President 2.0 is a reboot of the large scale youth participation project sponsored by the National Writing Project and Google during the 2008 election. In 2008 over 10,000 young people from across 800 schools took up the challenge of identifying, researching, and writing publicly about issues that mattered to them, their families, and their communities. With support from teachers and mentors, the resulting websites, news coverage, and publications brought the voices of young people into the public discourse and invited young people around the country to write letters to the future president about their concerns, hopes, and perspectives. Now in 2016, NWP and KQED are partnering to open up the Letters to the Next President writing and publishing experience to a next generation of young people and the educators who work with them—but this time to do so with the expanded array of tools and technologies young people have at their disposal.

It's all new. It's L2P 2.0.

How L2P 2.0 Works

L2P 2.0 starts by supporting teachers and mentors thinking about how to engage their students in the coming election. Throughout the Spring and Summer 2016, L2P 2.0 will gather a wide range of partners to provide resources, host live conversations, and point to technology tools that educators can use with the young people they work with. The L2P 2.0 monthly bulletins , as well as the Letters to the Next President 2.0 website, is the educator's guide to what is coming up. All are encouraged to participate and we welcome your contributions to the community discussions on social media. You'll find them through the hashtag #2nextprez .

Then, after the conventions conclude and candidates are chosen, our attention turns to the young people (13–18). What do the young people in our communities want to say to the next President of the United States?

In late July, L2P 2.0 will launch the Letters to the Next President showcase site where young people 13–18 will be invited to publish their writing or multimedia work to share their perspectives on issues and topics most important to them with readers from around the country. This site will be open for publication by youth up until election day, and will remain open to promote and highlight youth voice and work into the inaugural year.

Ways to Participate

A growing list of non-partisan educational partners are committed to providing you with learning opportunities and resources . You are invited to join too. Here's how:

  • Encourage others to sign up to receive monthly bulletins that will highlight upcoming opportunities and will feature a set of resources;
  • Follow @2nextprez on Twitter and Like the project page on Facebook ;
  • Share what you and your students are working on via social media using the hashtag #2nextprez;
  • Connect with colleagues via L2P 2.0-related opportunities and resources.

How to Contribute

L2P 2.0 is an open learning opportunity for young people curated by its hosts and partner organizations. Partners are not selected based on opinions or political standing, and donations will have no influence on the resources, curriculum, or opportunities that are featured.

If your organization is interested in being a partner, contact us at If you would like to make a donation, please click the button below.


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