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.

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Yoav Pinhasi 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 15-24 2018 (PERIOD ONE), and January 29-February 7, 2018 (PERIOD TWO), although exceptions can be made. Readers have 12 days to review and score their essays. Please refrain from discussing, forwarding or otherwise sharing the essays with other readers, friends, family, participants, or other associations.

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

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  • Presented By:

    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

  • Youth Speak Out Sponsors


    Dealer Tire

    Northeast Ohio Parent

    The Helen F. Stolier and Louis Stolier Family Foundation