for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

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Essay Contest

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.

Stop the Hate®

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 Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:59pm

Grades 11 & 12
ESSAYS DUE Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:59pm

What makes leaders truly great is their ability to change the world in which they live for the better. Carl and Louis Stokes are examples of two such leaders. Carl transformed Cleveland politics when he became the first African American to be elected mayor of a major American city. Louis Stokes was the first African-American congressman elected from Ohio and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Both men were fierce fighters for justice for all people. 
Think about your own life. Have you seen or experienced opportunities to fight racism, bigotry, violence, discrimination, or injustice? How did it inspire you to change the circumstances that created this problem? What actions have you taken toward making these changes a reality? In 500 words or less, tell us about your experiences.

Upstander: A person who stands up and speaks out or 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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    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

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