Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
Read Kelsi's essay, "A Mother's Motivation," about how struggles through her adolescence presented her with a precious opportunity.
Read Hamna's essay, "Education: Every Girl's Haq (Right) to Make Her Voice Heard," about amplifying the voices of those who have been less fortunate than her to receive a good education.
Read Edward's essay, "Deprived of a Brain," about experiencing racism in school and his determination to continue learning despite the hurtful taunts and injustice.
Read Dakota's essay, "To Say 'Nah'," about the one thing he, Malala, and Rosa Parks all share: the drive to rebel.
We received many outstanding essays for the Winter 2016 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Dig deep to identify and explain how you personally can treat people more justly. Describe what treating people fairly and humanely looks like to you. How might your actions make a difference where you live (school and community)? In greater society?
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Gerald Mitchell responds to the winners of the Fall 2015 "Justice for All" writing competition.
Karen Jordan is a student at a therapeutic boarding school in northwestern Montana. She read and responded to the online YES! Magazine article, "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe," by Gerald Mitchell. Read Karen's essay, "Love: Free of Fear and Judgment," about how feeling better in her own skin has helped her see the potential in our society.
Naomi Blair is a student at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article by Gerald Mitchell, "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe." Read Naomi's essay, "Black Girl, White Space" about the prejudice she faces in her AP Class and the experiment she is doing to expose it.
Elizabeth Schmidt is a student at Kent State in Ohio. She read and responded to the online YES! Magazine article "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe" by Gerald Mitchell. Read Elizabeth's essay, "Compassionate Communities" about the importance of regaining the depth in our feelings so that we may live with awareness and connect with the rest of the world.
Amani Lazarus is a middle school student at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, South Carolina. She read and responded to the online YES! Magazine article by Gerald Mitchell, "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe." Read Amani's essay, "A Deafening Silence," about how we can't stand quietly while others scream in pain, that we must speak for those who have been silenced by social injustice.
Cate Landry is a student at Horizons K-8 School in Boulder, Colorado. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article by Gerald Mitchell, "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe." Read Cate's essay, "Stay Tuned to Change the World" about how TV can educate us on the endless opportunities to create change.