Civics In Action! The Iowa Presidential Caucuses Workshop


Welcome to KidUnity's Iowa Presidential Caucuses Program 2020. This course will offer an eye opening opportunity for student journalists to participate in the 2020 election process. We are pleased to include students from at least seven schools, and an outside team of media, political, and academic advisers, to create an impactful and memorable experience. Our student news team will include students from Marlborough, Harvard-Westlake, Phillips Academy (Andover), Choate Rosemary Hall, Windward, Brentwood, Archer, and Loyola.

The Iowa caucuses present a fantastic opportunity for teaching presidential politics because observers – even youth who are not eligible to vote - may attend these “gatherings of neighbors” and experience politics in action. As the entire nation focuses on Iowa, KidUnity students will be there, standing shoulder to shoulder with Iowans, presidential candidates, political operatives and campaign staff, and members of the local and national media. As active agents in this exciting media and political circus, they will file stories, write press releases and social media updates, and produce short news videos. Most importantly, they will learn the significance of civic engagement, acquire sharp investigative skills, and enjoy an empowering and fun team building, newsroom experience . 

The dates for our 2020 trip will be February 1-4. We will also have three organizational and team building workshops (November-January). 

Chaperones will include KidUnity Directors Dr. Peter Sheehy (also a Marlborough history teacher for fall 2019), David Snow, and Marc Adelman. We will be accompanied by Jim Burns (the director of Harvard-Westlake’s journalism program), Dr. Dan Lynch (Marlborough history teacher), Dr. Danielle McGuire (civil rights historian), Dr. Michael Socolow (media historian), and Sammi Handler (our teaching intern who is a Harvard-Westlake graduate and a journalism major at Northwestern). 


Peter, David, Marc, Danielle, and Sammi all attended the 2016 Iowa Caucuses with KidUnity.


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