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inspired writingThe YES! Exemplary Essay Project demonstrates how teachers can use YES! Magazine stories as the basis for thought-provoking writing. It also gives students an opportunity to voice their opinions and show off their stellar writing.

Learn how to participate in the YES! Exemplary Essay Project.

YES! National Student Writing Competition YES! National Student Writing Competition
Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
Spring 2014 Literary Gems Spring 2014 Literary Gems
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Fania Davis' Response to Spring 2014 Essay Winners Fania Davis' Response to Spring 2014 Essay Winners
Fania Davis, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, responds to the winners of the Spring 2014 essay competition.
Spring 2014 College Winner Matt Flagg Spring 2014 College Winner Matt Flagg
Matt Flagg is a student at Cascadia Community College at Bothell, Washington. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Matt's essay about the injustices a childhood friend endured and why he felt students didn't stand up for him.
Spring 2014 High School Winner Simone Phillips Spring 2014 High School Winner Simone Phillips
Simone Phillps is an incoming freshman at Fordham University in New York City, NY. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Simone's essay that illustrates the unnecessary hardships caused by the injustice of the punitive system.
Spring 2014 Middle School Winner Reagan Elliff Spring 2014 Middle School Winner Reagan Elliff
Reagan Elliff is a student at the Wildflower Open Classroom in Chico, California. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Reagan's essay about how her karate skills helped her classmate get the support he needed.
Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Sohee Lee Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Sohee Lee
Sohee Lee is a student at A.K. Academics. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Sohee's essay that brings topics like ethnicity and self-confidence into the conversation of discipline and dignity.
Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Kayla Rice Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Kayla Rice
Kayla Rice is a student at the Peace and Justice Academy in Pasadena, California. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Kayla's essay that provides an example of a situation that failed to properly use restorative justice and why that was harmful.
Dr. Edward Tick's Response to Winter 2014 Essay Winners Dr. Edward Tick's Response to Winter 2014 Essay Winners
Dr. Edward Tick, co-founder of Soldier's Heart and author of "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," responds to winners of the Winter 2014 essay competition.
Winter 2014 College Winner Blaine Stine Winter 2014 College Winner Blaine Stine
Blaine Stine is a student at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Blaine's letter that uses the word "silence" to convey a powerful message to the soldier.
Winter 2014 High School Winner Jim Xie Winter 2014 High School Winner Jim Xie
Jim Xie is a student at Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School in Markham, Ontario. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Jim's letter highlighting the unimaginable hardships of war and his gratitude towards veterans.
Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Audrey Cameron Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Audrey Cameron
Audrey Cameron is a student at The Peace and Justice Academy in Pasadena, California. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Audrey's letters that show her unconditional support for her friend.
Winter 2014 Literary Gems Winter 2014 Literary Gems
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Jay Hagstrom Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Jay Hagstrom
Jay Hagstrom is a student at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country,” by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Jay’s letter to a fellow veteran about the difficulties of not feeling like a true veteran.
Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Cheyanne Smith Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Cheyanne Smith
Cheyanne Smith is a student at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. she responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Soldier," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Cheyanne's letter that asks a soldier introspective questions about his journey as a soldier and veteran.
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