for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

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Robert Ballard

We want to know how you have been and can continue to be an agent of positive change. Honestly and thoughtfully answer the question for your grade level. Share what you’ve learned through your life experiences and tell how you’ll apply that knowledge in helping to create a brighter future.

Grades 6-10
ESSAYS DUE DEC. 4, 2015, 11:59pm

In 500 words or less, describe a time when you or someone you know chose silence or inaction over speaking up in a difficult or uncomfortable situation. What was the harm in not doing or saying anything? What did you learn from that experience and how will that knowledge influence your actions in the future?


Grades 11 & 12
ESSAYS DUE JAN. 22, 2016, 11:59pm

In 500 words or less, describe an obstacle you or someone you know has faced in being accepted. What qualities does it take to break down barriers? What have you done and what actions will you take in the future to help create a more inclusive community?


Upstander: A person who stands up and speaks out or and takes action in defense of an individual or individuals, to advance a greater good, or to prevent or right an injustice in society.


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