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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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We want to know how you have been and can continue to be an agent of positive change. Honestly and thoughtfully respond to the prompt below. 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 Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 11:59pm

Grades 11 & 12
ESSAYS DUE Monday, January 20, 2020, 11:59pm

This year we honor the memory and spirit of maestro Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, whose life and legacy is explored in the Maltz Museum’s special exhibition Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music.
When speaking about why he wrote music he famously said, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more devotedly than ever before.”
In 500 words or less, think about your own life. Have you witnessed or experienced acts of injustice, racism, bigotry, or discrimination? How were you impacted by what you experienced, saw, or heard? What did you do, or what will you do, in response to these circumstances in order to create justice and positive change in your community?

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    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

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    The Semi J. and Ruth Begun Foundation

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