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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.

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2016 Stop The Hate Essay Book

Read the entire collection of 2016 Youth Speak Out winning essays here.

City Club

Watch 2016 Grand Prize Winner Nupur Goel share her story with the City Club of Cleveland.

Apoorva Vallampati TV20

Read more about what 2015 first runner-up Apoorva Vallampati had to say about what entering the contest meant to her.


Read the entire collection of 2015 Youth Speak Out winning essays here.


Listen to the 2015 finalists reading portions of their essays and discussing the themes of the contest on WCPN 90.3FM’s “Sound of Ideas” here.


Read more about 2015 Grand Prize Winner Lea Kayali’s message of peace and outreach in Scene Magazine.


Hear what 2014 Youth Speak Out winner Justin Bachman had to say about the contest and its benefits for participating 6-12th graders in Northeast Ohio in this video he made




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