KQED’s News Education project recently asked middle and high school students to consider some of the major political issues at play in the 2016 presidential election, and to then make and submit short videos expressing their unique perspectives.

Hundreds of students from around the Bay Area and farther afield participated in what we called the“Backyard Campaign” project. Additionally, we produced an original video about one student who shared a particularly compelling immigration story.

The project was also recently featured on KQED’s Newsroom TV show (see above).

To see the full gallery of student video submissions, select from the issues below.

Schools represented included: Pleasanton Middle School, Oakland Tech, June Jordan School School for Equity (SF), Lathrop High School, Pascack Hills High School (NJ), the Bay Area Technology High School (Oakland), Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (SF), Minarets Charter High School (O’Neals, CA), and the Healdsburg School.

Of the nine political issues students were asked to consider, gun control was by far the most popular, followed by immigration and abortion.

This project is part of a recently launched national civic engagement initiative called Letters to the Next President 2.0. Hosted by KQED and National Writing Project, it’s an effort to promote and showcase youth perspectives on election-related issues. Visit the project site to learn more and get involved.

What Big Election Issues Matter Most To You? 12 September,2017Matthew Green

  • Camila

    WOW GREAT AMAZING VIDEOS! ITS AMAZING TO SEE YOUNG PEOPLE SPEAKING ABOUT AMERICA’S BIGGEST ISSUES! WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH YOUR VIEWS, HOW DO YOU RESPOND?!

  • Jamari

    i agree with all of the videos i watched. The points that were brought up were good points and they are also serious. I feel that people should look at these videos to get a sense of what different communities need, and a perspective of a teenager.

  • Raven Porter

    I agree I think abortion should definitely be the woman’s decision at the end of the day. It’s the woman’s body and she should be able to make that huge decision and a man shouldn’t tell her that she should abort her baby.

  • Jer

    Manuel Rivera video is super relevant I totally agree with what Chase was saying about cop morality and the criminal justice system.

  • Arthur

    Beautiful videos, very moving. It is definitely time for this generation to take a stand for what they believe in.

  • Marlene Cuatlatl

    I agree how it’s sad that people get deported and leave loved ones behind and are unable to see them.

  • Jasmine Buijs

    I watched your video it was really moving. I understand not being able to see a parent because they live in a different country.

  • Afomiya

    @Melissa
    Highlighting the double standard when it comes to restrictions on what men can/are allowed to do to their bodies is a great move in furthering the discussion on abortion rights.

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Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email: mgreen@kqed.org; Twitter: @MGreenKQED

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