YouTube’s U.S. Government Channel features videos from agencies that provide reference and general information about government, including information on libraries, forms, government news, laws, photos, maps and research.
The website also has a series of videos produced by the U.S. Census Bureau called “Portrait of America” 2010. The series is focused on different communities and why the census is important to that community. While the 2010 census is long over, it is gratifying to hear the opinons of Americans who care a great deal about their communities and their county such as Dr. Joe Shirley, the president of the Navajo Nation; and Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League; or Karen Narasaki, the presdient and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center. While they are talking about the census, they are saying so much more about the country and why we should be committed to it.
In addition, the website also links users to videos from agencies and the departments of government, including the White House which lists 1,800 videos and 6.5 million views; NASA which lists 1,018 videos and 5 million views; and the State Department of which lists 1,807 videos and 532,000 views.
For creating a place where Americans can learn about—and connect to—the government, YouTube’s U.S. Government Channel is Government Video’s Website of the Week.