Presidential Podium Video Challenge

Help Your Kids Be President for a Day!

Child at podiumThe Library of Congress is inviting kids from around the country to take their turn at the Presidential Podium by submitting a one-minute video where they address either an important problem they would fix or something they would create to make our country a better place. Find the prompt here.

 

Why You Should Encourage Your Kids to Participate

  1. Public speaking is a great skill for kids to practice. It helps enhance confidence, increase imagination, vocabulary, critical thinking skills and develop listening, reading and writing.
  2. Kids and teens whose videos answer the presidential "speaking prompt" will have a chance for their video to be selected for airing at the YRC President's Day Open House at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and posted here on Read.gov.
  3. The Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, will send a personal note recognizing those whose videos are selected.

How to Submit

  • Video submissions must be posted to YouTube and the link submitted by email to yrc@loc.gov by midnight on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
    • Videos must address the speaking prompt and be under a minute.
    • Children must be school-age (K-12) to participate.
  • By participating you agree that the Library of Congress can show your video on its premises, including the Young Readers Center.

Resources to Help

By participating you agree that the Library of Congress can show your video on its premises, including the Young Readers Center, and post it on its website at read.gov.

What to do:

(see full instructions under Kids page)

  • Record your presidential remarks
  • Upload to YouTube
  • Email the link to yrc@loc.gov
  • Submit by February 15, 2017

Make Your Own Presidential Podium

Download the official YRC Presidential Podium Seal

Contact the Young Readers Center

202-707-1950 | yrc@loc.gov

Young Readers Center
Thomas Jefferson Building
Room LJ G29 (ground floor)
10 First St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20540

Hours:
Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
(closed all federal holidays)