Great idea! I agree that kids need time with current events and I LOVE the action / creation component.
Have you thought about critical media literacy at all? I have been thinking a great deal about our needs in this space during the course of the election. It seems that we need to spend a bit more time helping kids think about what is accurate in terms of current events and how to evaluate sources before we send them off to react. I would love to see you build that in here. Not only time to be exposed to current events, but also time to critically analyze them and the sources of information. Then, when a solid position, build on / supported by evidence is formed, act.