Since 2020 is an election year, many topics and questions are on the minds of social studies students as they engage in civic life. The National Council for the Social Studies invites high school students to contribute short videos or serve on a panel during a live town hall broadcast to speak out on the subjects of citizenship, the election process, and civics. The moderators will introduce the Town Hall with brief student statements reflecting their broad concerns about democracy, social studies, and citizenship. From there, students on the panel (and via prerecorded videos) will discuss two broad questions: What issues matter most to you? What do you think it means to be a citizen? The Town Hall will take place on October 20, 2020, from 7 to 8 p.m. (ET). All videos must be uploaded by October 13 at 5 p.m. (ET), for possible inclusion in the Student Town Hall program.
In 2013 the Tunnel to Towers Foundation launched its 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit, a tribute to all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Every year the Youth Free Expression Program (YFEP) invites young filmmakers to create a short film on a contemporary First Amendment issue. This year the topic for the Youth Free Expression Film Contest is BODY LANGUAGE: Uncensored Pride.
This summer, educators can join other teachers from around the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for virtual summer educator programs with the National Constitution Center.