On January 30, Bay Area students joined KQED staff for a State of the Union Address Break-a-Thon at the San Francisco Library’s The Mix. Students fact-checked, played SoTU Bingo and created Flipgrid video responses while watching and critically responding to the speech.
The Break-a-Thon was one of seven national events around the State of the Union address in partnership with The Lamp and the 22x20 Campaign, a national campaign to activate and facilitate youth voice and leadership in the democratic process. The initiative aims to strengthen civic skills and restore trust among teens, 22 million of whom will be eligible to vote by 2020.
Students like 17-year-old Faith M., a senior at El Cerrito High School who attended the event.
“It really made you pay attention to the issues he was talking about.”
She said that being around other teens made the experience engaging, despite her opposing stance to many policies of the Trump Administration.