Madison, WI

Madison, WI Project Soapbox Mainstage Event – 2021

This winter, hundreds of students in classrooms across Madison got on their Soapbox and spoke up about an issue that matters to them. 

The program culminated in the virtual Project Soapbox Citywide event on March 18 that consisted of preliminary rounds followed by a Mainstage showcase. Students representing 11 MMSD middle and high schools gave their two-minute call-to-action speeches. Attendees heard directly from youth about how these issues are impacting their lives and the lives of their families, as well as their vision for the future. 

We were honored to welcome civic and community leaders who provided live feedback to the youth speakers, including Senator Melissa Agard, Representative Lisa Subeck, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, and Deputy Mayor Reuben Sanon. Thank you for listening, encouraging and supporting the young people of Madison!

Watch student speeches | Watch the Mainstage event

Congratulations to all of the courageous youth speakers! And a big THANK YOU to teachers for all of the hard work and preparation that went into engaging your students in Project Soapbox this year. We appreciate everything you do to support your students and lift up their voices.

Project Soapbox is a public speaking opportunity that calls on young people to develop and deliver an original speech on an issue that matters to them. Students’ speeches answer the question: “What is the biggest issue facing your community, and what should be done about it?”