Host a 22×20 State of the Union Action Party!

Anyone can organize an action party!

No matter when or where you’re thinking of hosting your Action Party, there are many ways you can organize an engaging event for youth in your community.

If you have…..

A class period, or 45 minutes:

Using the GIF I Were President module from the 22×20 Youth Media Making Toolkit, invite students to assume the power of the president (or governor, mayor, or city council member) to speak and be listened to by a national audience. Have them create GIFs in response to the question, What would you say if you could share your thoughts about the state of our country/democracy?

An afterschool session, or 90 minutes:

Select three modules from the 22×20 Youth Media Making Toolkit (or a combination of modules and resources on 22×20.org) to create three media-making stations for students to rotate through and engage with the State of the Union. Example stations include:

SOTU Live Annotate: Paste the text of President Trump’s SOTU speech into a shared Google doc. Invite students to annotate the document by fact-checking the President’s statements and crafting responses to the issues discussed.

GIF I Were President: Invite students to assume the power of the president (or governor, mayor, or city council member) to speak and be listened to by a national audience. Have them create GIFs in response to the question, What would you say if you were to report on the State of the Union?

Amplify and Advocate: Using the Amplify and Advocate Toolkit module, have students pair up to create images or short videos intended to help students starting thinking about elections and voting.

An evening, or 3 hours:

Using the 22×20 Youth Media Making Toolkit, construct 4-5 media-making stations for students to rotate through and engage with the State of the Union. You can also use other resources available on 22×20.org: Break-a-Thon Curriculum Package–SOTU Edition, MediaBreaker, and tools from EngagementLab. Example stations include:

SOTU Live Annotate: Paste the text of President Trump’s SOTU speech into a shared Google doc. Invite students to annotate the document by fact-checking the President’s statements and crafting responses to the issues discussed.

Break-a-thon SOTU Edition: Using The LAMP’s MediaBreaker, have students create critical remix videos with clips from President Trump’s speech or news commentary surrounding it.

Oh, SNAP!: Create a photo booth with a chalkboard or whiteboard as a backdrop. Invite students to write down their reaction to the SOTU, then stand in front of the board to get their photo taken. Make this fun by creating presidential photo booth props!

GIF I Were President: Invite students to assume the power of the president (or governor, mayor, or city council member) to speak and be listened to by a national audience. Have them create GIFs in response to the question, What would you say if you were to report on the State of the Union?

How do you meme?: Using the How Do You Meme module in the Youth Media Making Toolkit, ask students to use/download their preferred meme-making app to create memes that respond to the SOTU, promote a cause/issue that they care about, or persuade youth to vote in the 2019 and 2020 elections.

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Each State of the Union is a moment of democratic visioning. It’s time for more youth voices to be heard as part of that conversation.

Anyone can organize an action party! We’re working with teen leaders, educators and media across the country.

Throughout January 2019 and early February 2019, you can join us by hosting your own State of the Union Action party. Fill out this form to get started.

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