Much thanks to the nearly 200 media and marketing partners - totaling centuries of wisdom and over 130 million in social reach alone - who've contributed to the success of past debates through support ranging from technology and outreach to youth issue insights and voter education. They're definitely one the largest and most-loved assemblies of those who care about the future of America's youth:

Media Companies including...

Inc. Magazine
Youth Radio
Channel One
Pop and Politics

Universities, Civic Research and Voter Education Orgs including...

Harvard University's Institute of Politics
Tufts University's CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
Penn State University's Center for Democratic Deliberation
National Council of Teachers of English
Lexington High School
The Right Question Institute
Voto Latino
Rock the Vote
Project Vote
New Voters Project and Student PIRGs
The National Civic League
Kids Voting USA

Youth-Friendly Marketers including...

Simon & Schuster
Student Advantage

NPO's and NGO's including...

NASCAR Foundation
YWCA of the USA
YMCA of the USA, Armed Services
YMCA of the USA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Youth Vote Coalition
The American Library Association's YALSA
Earth Day Network
Save the Children USA
Youth Service America
NAACP Youth & College
Campus Progress
Generation Opportunity
New Era Colorado Foundation
Bill of Rights Institute
The League of Young Voters Education Fund
Council for Economic Education
Center for Progressive Leadership
Points of Light's GenerationOn
Black Youth Vote
Declare Yourself
Constitutional Rights Foundation
10,000 Degrees
Scholarship America
Volunteers of America
The Corps Network
Blue Star Families
The United States Student Association
The List Inc.
Get on the Bus
Hip Hop Congress
Hip Hop Caucus
Youth Speaks
Young People For


More than 100 distinguished experts have helped us engage and inform America's youth in a myriad of ways, whether it was in-depth issue discussion or question curation before the final youth vote, or jumpstarting youth submissions by offering up the candidate question they feel is most important to future of America. We're very grateful to all of them, including:

MARGARET SPELLINGS (President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and former U.S. Secretary of Education)

PETER DIAMOND (winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics)

PAUL T. CONWAY (Former Chief of Staff for US Department of Labor under Secretary Elaine Chao, and former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia)

FREDERICK HESS (Director of Education Policy Studies at The American Enterprise Institute, Executive Editor of Education Next, and author of the Education Week blog "Rick Hess Straight Up")

JOHN MERROW (PBS NewsHour Education Correspondent and winner of 18 Education Writers Association awards)

LT. GENERAL JOHN W. ROSA (President of The Citadel, 3-Star General, former deputy director for operations for Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. and military spokesman for the Pentagon)

RONALD LIEBOWITZ (Middlebury College President and one of TIME's 10 Best College Presidents)

RON LIEBER ("Your Money" columnist and editor of the Bucks blog for The New York Times, and best-selling author)

JAY MATHEWS (education columnist for the Washington Post and creator of the annual Challenge Index rankings of high schools)

JESSICA ZOOB (SVP of Mergers and Acquisitions for American Express and regional board member of Bottom Line, a nonprofit which helps at-risk urban youth stay in college and complete their degrees)

LAUREN SEGAL (President & CEO of Scholarship of America)

KEITH GILYARD (President of National Council of Teachers of English and inductee into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent)

WENDY KOPP (CEO/Founder of Teach for America)

MICHAEL GEISEN (2008 National Teacher of the Year)

STEPHEN BURD (Senior Policy Analyst with New America's Education Policy Program)

STEPHANIE HIRSH (Executive Director of Learning Forward, an international association of learning educators)

J. MICHAEL HOGAN (Director, Center for Democratic Deliberation, Penn State University)

KEITH KREUGER (CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 technology leaders)

PETER LEVINE (Peter Levine is Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and Research director of Tufts University's Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service)

GREGORY MCGINITY (Senior Director of policy for The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation)

DEBORAH MEIER (Senior Scholar at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, Director and advisor to Forum for Democracy and Education)

KAREN PITTMAN (Co-founder of Forum for Youth Investment in 1998. Karen served in the Clinton administration as director of the President's Crime Prevention Council)

WENDY PURIEFOY (Barr's Foundation Director of Education, former President of Public Education Network. Nationally recognized expert on issues of school reform and civil society)

PAUL ROWLAND (Executive Director of The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE))

LAURA SIMOLARIS ( Director of the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement at The Institute of Politics at Harvard University)

ELLEN WINN (VP, School Systems Leadership at Teach for America)

BETH YOKE (CAE, Executive Director of The American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association)

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