Get Involved

I’m an educator and want more students to participate in the challenge. What can I do?

If you’re an educator, parent, or community organization leader interested in motivating more students to take the challenge, there are a variety of resources available to you. Below are 11 ways you can get more students involved and Engaged. Have a good idea that isn’t listed below? Send an email to teachers@engage2012.org with your suggestions, and we’ll add them to this list!

  1. If you’re teaching your class about government, politics, or the democratic process, work the challenge into your curriculum—there’s nothing stopping your entire class from participating.
  2. Make a brief announcement about the challenge in class. If one of your students has already submitted an entry, ask them to share their video with the class and explain how they did it.
  3. Tell your colleagues about the challenge! You never know if someone else might be interested in helping spread the word.
  4. If you’re part of a teaching or community organization, share the challenge with the group. Mailing lists, newsletters, forums, and meetings are all excellent places to spread information and recruit more help.
  5. If you’re an advisor or a professional staff member for a student publication, advise your student staff to include a story or short blurb about the challenge on your publication’s website or in your next issue.
  6. If you’re an advisor for a school club, make an announcement about the challenge to your students.
  7. Publish a short announcement about the challenge on your personal website or blog.
  8. Encourage your students to become Student Ambassadors! The top performing ambassadors who motivate the most students to participate will receive an award worth up to $500 in value.
  9. Share the website (www.engage2012.org) on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.
  10. If you students need camera equipment, you can visit our Equipment Donations Forum and request camera or recording equipment. Make sure you list your school address, not your home address, so that donors can mail or transport equipment directly to your school.
  11. Share this poster we’ve created with your students and colleagues! Print out copies and hang the poster up around your school or community, or send out digital copies.