Through this initiative, students explore policy issues that impact their lives.  Students harness the power of music to create, produce, and share songs that address issues related to juvenile justice reform.  The initiative culminates in a national songwriting contest.  

Through this initiative, we amplify the voices of youth justice.

2020 Launch Contest

Rock the Vote 


Each year we launch Unsung with a mini-contest.  This year's launch contest centers around the Rock the Vote Campaign.  Below you will find resources to carry out the launch contest activity with your students.

Submissions are due by October 5, 2020

Teacher Resources

The semi-structured curriculum below is ready to be customized by teachers.  We have provided an 5-day curriculum, of 60-minute lessons, that can be used in the first weeks of October.  The remainder of the month is open for the creation, revision, and selection of songs for schoolwide contests.  The submission period for the BreakFree song contest is mid-month.

Adjusting to meet your students' needs is strongly encouraged.

Please note: Slides are in google format, but can be downloaded in .ppt. All slides for days 1-5 are included here. All materials or handouts referenced are linked to in the individual google slides or teacher notes accompanying the slides.

To download the slides as Microsoft PPT, click here.

Click above to visit the SoundTrap tool to use in your classroom.

You can watch a video on how to access and log into SoundTrap, here.

Learn more about the songwriting contest.

Song submissions should be in Soundtrap or mp3 version.  

*As a reminder, each school may submit a maximum of 3 student songs.

Stay updated and follow along with Unsung through our blog!

2020 Calendar

Please note, the lesson days can be customized to best fit your school schedule.

*Remember that you must build-in time to host a school-wide competition to select your school's top speeches for submission.

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Soundtrap Video Guide

Teacher Video Guide



1st Place


E. Brown, T. Fulwood, and D. Tanis

Polk Halfway House (FL)

2nd Place

Racial Injustice

Koeppell, Jordan, Paige, and Kenny

Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (CA)

3rd Place


J. Johnson

Hogan Street Youth Center (MO)