$100,000 ESSAY CONTEST

for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

You have the power to make a positive difference in the world.

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Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world, this next generation of leaders can win big.

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Athena Grasso Download the complete contest rules here.

  • Essays cannot be fictitious. All entries must include a real-life situation and creative ideas for making the world a more accepting, inclusive place.
  • Essays must be original student work and free of plagiarism.
  • Essays cannot exceed 500 words.
  • Online entry is preferred.
  • Mailed entries must be accompanied by the official entry form.
  • Only one (1) entry will be accepted per student.
  • Group projects are not accepted.
  • Entries that are incomplete, submitted after the deadline or do not comply with contest guidelines will not be accepted.
  • All entries become the property of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and will not be returned. Finalists agree to have their photo and essay reprinted online and in a book of essays. They agree their likeness and words may be used for promotion of the contest.
  • All finalists must appear and 11-12th grade finalists must read their essays on stage at the annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 29, 2017, 4:00pm, at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
  • The Museum reserves the right to cancel, modify or delay the contest.

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  • Presented By:

    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

  • Youth Speak Out Sponsors

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    The Helen F. Stolier and Louis Stolier Family Foundation