Presidential Podium Video Challenge

If You Were President, What Would You Do?

Child at podiumOne of the President's greatest tools is the Presidential Podium. When the president speaks, the whole world listens. Now you have a chance to be heard too! What would you say if you were President of the United States and you had one minute to speak to the nation?

With permission from your parent, teacher, or guardian, we invite you to grab a camera and submit a one minute video telling us about:

  • An important problem you would fix, or
  • Something you would create to make our country a better place.

In addition to the fun of making your presidential address, a selection of videos will be played during the Presidents Day event on February 20, 2017, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and posted here on for everyone to see.

Need some ideas about what to say? Or more information about presidential speeches? Visit here

How to Submit

PLAN: Prepare your speech and be creative with your costume, set, and message.

RECORD: Speak loudly and clearly. Show off your best angles!

SUBMIT: Upload to YouTube (with permission from your parent, teacher, or guardian) and share the link with [email protected]. Don't forget to send it in by Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at midnight or it won't be considered!

Your video must be posted to YouTube and the link submitted by email to [email protected] by midnight on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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

What to do:

(see full instructions under Kids page)

  • Record your presidential remarks
  • Upload to YouTube
  • Email the link to [email protected]
  • 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 | [email protected]

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

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