Use your voice for good, you can win big!

Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out essay contest celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. Each year, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage gives out $100,000 in scholarships, awards and anti-bias education in recognition of 6-12th grade upstanders.

Contest deadlines

Grade 6-10 submissions due JAN. 9, 2019, 11:59pm

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Grade 11 & 12 submissions due JAN. 16, 2019, 11:59pm

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This year's theme

This year we honor the memory and spirit of Anne Frank, a young girl who famously wrote:

"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straight away."

Anne Frank was 13 years old when she was forced into hiding during the Holocaust. She hid in a tiny annex for two years with her mother, father, sister, and four other Dutch Jews fearing for their lives because of their religion. Despite the isolation and terrifying realities of her time, Anne remained optimistic about the power of every individual to change the world. Anne and her family were caught and murdered by the Nazis and she became one of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust. But the words live on to remind the generations that followed her that anyone – young or old – can positively change the world.

Over 75 years later, what can we learn from Anne’s perspective on human nature and creating a more accepting and inclusive society? Is justice something that requires individuals to create or pursue? Can every day, regular people change the world?

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How to enter

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?

Prizes

STUDENT ESSAYIST AWARDS: Grades 11-12

  • One (1) Grand Prize: $40,000 scholarship (up to $10,000 per year renewable up to 4 years)*
  • One (1) First Runner-Up: $15,000 scholarship (up to $3,750 per year renewable up to 4 years)*
  • One (1) Second Runner-Up: $10,000 scholarship (up to $2,500 per year renewable up to 4 years)*
  • One (1) Third Runner-Up: $5,000 scholarship (up to $2,500 per year renewable up to 2 years)*
  • Six (6) Honorable Mentions: $500 cash prize

STUDENT ESSAYIST AWARDS: Grades 6-10

  • One (1) 6th Grade First Prize: $400
  • One (1) 7th Grade First Prize: $400
  • One (1) 8th Grade First Prize: $400
  • One (1) 9th Grade First Prize: $400
  • One (1) 10th Grade First Prize: $400

ALL student winners also receive:

  • A one-year Maltz Museum Family Membership
  • Free admission for a field trip to the Maltz Museum for their class

ANTI-BIAS EDUCATION AWARDS

Six (6) schools will be eligible to win up to $5,000 specifically for anti-bias education. The six (6) will be:

  • The one (1) high school of the Youth Speak Out Grand Prize Winner
  • The one (1) middle or high school with the highest percentage of Youth Speak Out student entries
  • The two (2) high schools of the first and second place Youth Sing Out performances
  • The Two (2) middle schools of the first and second place Youth Sing Out performances

All winners are announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Families are encouraged to attend the event to see students honored for their achievements.

Eligibility

  • The contest is open to all Northeast Ohio grade 6-12 students in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties.
  • Students can attend a public, private, religious, home, online or charter school.
  • Students who entered previous years (with the exception of past scholarship winners) can participate again, but must submit entirely new essays.
  • Immediate family members of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage staff and Board of Trustees, The Malrite Company and the Maltz Family Foundation cannot participate.

Complete contest information

Additional information including judging criteria, essays of past winners, and inspirational resources can be found on our website.

Contact us

If you have questions about Stop The Hate contact Ben Becker, Manager of Public Programs, Stop the Hate at (216) 593 0577 or bbecker@mmjh.org

Stop The Hate Youth Speak Out is generously supported by:

Presenting sponsor:
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.

Signature Sponsors:
AllianceBernstein L.P.
Dealer Tire, LLC
Nordson Corporation

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Stop The Hate Youth Speak Out is generously supported by:

Presenting sponsor:
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.

Signature Sponsors:
AllianceBernstein L.P.
Dealer Tire, LLC
Nordson Corporation