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Our Kids Essay Contest

A local essay contest will give youth the opportunity to share their ideas and perspectives around their schools and the issues that impact their lives.

The Our Kids Essay Contest is accepting entries from high school and first-year college students until Saturday, November 16. Students are encouraged to submit their work, and adults working with youth are encouraged to share this opportunity with young people to have their voices heard.

Students may choose from the following prompts:

  • What does a student-center school look like to you and what steps can Detroit schools take to build student-centered schools?
  • We believe the way you spend money reflects your values. Based on how your school spends money, what do you think they value most? Tell us what you would want your school to prioritize spending money on and what you think they need to stop spending money on?
  • How is student organizing and activism going to change Detroit schools in the next 10 years?

Essays will be judged by Detroit students and parents working with 482Forward. First prize is $500, second prize is $300, and third prize is $100. All entries are eligible for additional acknowledgments and opportunities.

Submissions can be sent to Entries must be received by November 16, 2019.

The contest is presented by Media Policy Center, in partnership with 482Forward and with funding from The Skillman Foundation.

The Skillman Foundation

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that serves as a fierce champion of Detroit children. The Foundation works to ensure Detroit youth achieve their highest aspirations by strengthening K-12 public education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways.

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