Youngzine is a website where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world—in a simple, engaging, and interactive way. The goal is to help parents and educators create a vibrant community of globally aware young citizens in an increasingly connected world. Along with news stories written specifically with young audiences in mind, Youngzine strives to inform, using fun trivia, compelling visuals, and high-interest videos. More than a passive website, Youngzine is a communityof children, parents, and teachers who recognize the importance of living in this highly interconnected age where actions have far-reaching impact. Children are encouraged to express their views and submit articles, book reviews, or travelogues. Youngzine’s editorial team moderates all content.
Plus: Youngzine’s classroom blog is a way for teachers to introduce current events in their classrooms. While it’s called a “blog,” the feature is really a controlled classroom environment where students can discuss or answer questions on an assignment the teacher creates. All responses will be visible to the teacher, who can choose whether students’ responses are visible to the entire class.
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum invites teachers and students to participate in “Anniversary in the Schools,” a freewebinar commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of 9/11. The webinar, broadcast from inside the 9/11 Museum, connects students and teachers from around the world with museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.
The 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) will be held in Washington, DC, from March 2 to March 9, 2019. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action.