They may not be able to cast their ballot for president, but some students in Hartford want to make sure their voices are still heard ahead of the election.
The seniors from Hartford’s Journalism and Media Academy were handed a difficult task, being asked if they had the opportunity to address the next president, what would they say?
So they filmed short videos entitled “Dear POTUS” to get their message across to the future president.
"I didn't know what to say. What if I say the wrong thing? I didn't know how to say it...what to say,” said Jhan Spears, who is a senior at the Journalism and Media Academy.
Thanks to their teachers, and the state-of-the-art technology at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, the students put their insights on current events to tape in a series of open videos called “Dear POTUS.”
Each student focuses on a different topic, from Black Lives Matter, to the achievement gap, all while learning from a professional production team.
"The videos are amazing. The students really...they're just really dedicated to their craft,” said Rose Pierre-Louis, a CPBN education fellow.
"I want them to take away that they do have a voice…that they do count. What they feel and think is something that shouldn't be dismissed,” said Leonard Epps, principal at the Journalism and Media Magnet School.
While it may be a few years before the seniors can exercise their right to vote, they’re already getting a lesson in the importance of civic engagement.
"I'm just hoping we get a President who will help out the youth as much as possible because we are the future of America,” said Madyson Frame, a senior at the Journalism and Media Academy.
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