The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is looking for volunteers to read student essays submitted to their annual contest, Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out, now in its sixth year.
The Museum created the contest to encourage middle and high school students to focus attention on the corrosive effects of hatred, discrimination, and intolerance while developing critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. This year, students are being asked to write about, in 500 words or less, one of the following themes:
- A time you witnessed an act of discrimination or hate toward yourself or someone else
- If you responded, why did you decide to stand up? How can you encourage your peers to do the same?
- If you didn’t respond, why not and what changes might you make to your behavior next time?
The contest is open to all students, grades 6 – 12 in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties.
Reading is done online in the comfort of one’s home. Contact Director of Education & Programming Jill Rembrandt at 216.593.0577 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Volunteer opportunity open to everyone except teachers/educators from schools within the contest eligible counties.
The junior or senior with the winning essay will receive a $40,000 Grand Scholarship Prize. First and second runners-up will receive a $15,000 and $10,000 scholarship respectively; seven honorable mentions will receive a $500 cash prize. Winning students in grades 6 – 10 also receive cash prizes. In addition to student scholarships, three schools will be eligible to win $10,000 for their schools to be used specifically toward anti-bias education. Finalists in grades 6-10 will be honored along with ten junior and senior finalists (who compete for their scholarships by giving oral presentations) at an awards ceremony on March 13, 2014 at Severance Hall.