Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Enter the 2009 Dr. Helen S. Faison Racial Justice Student Essay Contest

Today, people across the world took note of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. In recognition of this historic event, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is proud to sponsor the Dr. Helen S. Faison Racial Justice Student Essay Contest.

Here's the information about how you can use Obama's presidency as a springboard to thinking about your own place in the world. Download the application here.

2009 Dr. Helen S. Faison Racial Justice Student Essay Contest
Contest Rules

All essays should address the following question:

Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. What can young people do to eliminate racism and other forms of prejudice during President Obama’s time in office?

The maximum length for the essay is 300 words. All entries must be printed in ink or typed double-spaced on one side only. Submissions will be judged on response to question, content, writing style, grammar/legibility, creativity, and essay length. (Please do not exceed 300 words.)

The completed form should be the last page of your essay. In order to ensure the fairest selection process, judges will not see student or school names. Parent/Guardian signature required. Please do not edit the form; all sections must be complete with contact information.

First, second and third place finalists will be selected in Grades 6, 7, and 8. Finalists will be recognized at the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh on Wednesday April 15, 2009. Winners will be notified in April and will be invited to attend an award ceremony free of charge as guests of the YWCA.

Return essay and entry form to: Dr. Helen S. Faison Racial Justice Student Essay Contest, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Office of Racial Diversity and Inclusion, 305 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Questions? Email rja@ywcapgh.org or call 412-255-1466. Entries must be received by Monday, March 9, 2008.

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