for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

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Essay Contest

The 2020 contest is now closed. To learn more about the annual scholarship contest, please contact program manager, Ben Becker at 216-593-0577 or

Yoav Pinhasi

Fill out the form below to volunteer as a reader.

Volunteers play a critical role in Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out. With thousands of entries and $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to award, we need quite a few passionate and considerate readers to ensure the best essays are recognized and rewarded.

Readers review a total 25-45 essays written by 6-12th graders online. Scoring is based on a rubric provided by the Maltz Museum. Student names and schools are not included so as not to bias judges. Volunteer readers are also invited to come to the Museum for a brief training session regarding the scoring protocol, but these sessions are not mandatory and readers can be located geographically outside of the region.

Volunteers are asked to read for both reading periods, January 9-14, 2020 (PERIOD ONE), and January 21-26, 2020 (PERIOD TWO), although exceptions can be made. Readers have 10 days to review and score their essays.

Please note, the following individuals are not eligible to participate as a reader:

  • Anyone under the age of 18
  • K-12 teachers with participating students
  • Family members of entrants
  • Immediate family members of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage staff and Board of Trustees, The Malrite Company and the Maltz Family Foundation
  • Presented By:

    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

  • Generously Supported by

    Presenting Sponsor
    Dworken & Bernstein

    The Semi J. and Ruth Begun Foundation

    Signature Sponsors
    Dealer Tire


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