What's Your Issue?


What’s Your Issue Foundation‘s mission “is to provide a unique national platform for young adults to propose creative solutions to some of our nation’s most important challenges and for that voice to be heard, honored, and acted upon by leaders in government, the media, the private sector, and the nonprofit world.” They’ve just opened the 2010 competition asking 14-24 year olds to use their video AND musical voices to identify and solve problems facing us all. The “next generation of leaders and social entrepreneurs” is encouraged to share their view in a video or a song approximately 3 minutes long. I don’t see a deadline yet and there are some tutorials to come, so keep checking their site for updates.


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  1. Julie Getz said:

    What a creative idea. Unfortunately, I teach 7th grade and most of my students are not 14, but I’ll be sure to pass this along to the 8th grade teachers.

    Kids have a great view of the world and their voices should be heard! I think that this is a great way to engage kids. It goes beyond the traditional essay or poem. It allows them to put their musical talents and problem solving skills together!

  2. Joe Brennan said:

    Julie, my mantra for (and main reason for sharing) all these contests is you don’t have to enter for your kids to benefit. What a great way to teach students they have a voice and their opinion will be listened to. Do it with your class and share it with parents, the school, the board, the community…

  3. Scott said:

    This is a great idea and I will pass it along to people in my district. This would be an interesting project to work on with students in my class (they are five). Pick an issue (nothing graphic) and see how they would solve the problem. It would be interesting to find out. It is never to early to start.

  4. Kathleen Wojciechowski said:

    This is a great idea! I will pass this information along to people in my district. I also love the idea of having my 6th grade students create their own digital stories for creative solutions for some of our nation’s problems. This will go along great with our unit on persuasion and propaganda!

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