Read Simone's essay that illustrates the unnecessary hardships caused by the injustice of the punitive system.
YES! National Student Writing Competition
Read Matt's essay about the injustices a childhood friend endured and why he felt students didn't stand up for him.
Read Sohee's essay that brings topics like ethnicity and self-confidence into the conversation of discipline and dignity.
Read Kayla's essay that provides an example of a situation that failed to properly use restorative justice and why that was harmful.
Fania Davis, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, responds to the winners of the Spring 2014 "Restorative Justice" essay competition.
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Read Karla's letter that discusses ethnicity and the sense of belonging to a country.
Read Jim's letter highlighting the unimaginable hardships of war and his gratitude towards veterans.
Read Blaine's letter that reaches out to a fellow soldier, encouraging him to tell his story so they will remember—and heal— together.
Read Audrey's letters that voice how she is inspired by her friend's devotion and strength.
Read Jay’s letter to a fellow veteran about the difficulties of not feeling like a true veteran.
Read Cheyanne's letter that asks a soldier introspective questions about his journey as a soldier so she can better appreciate the freedoms she has, at the price of his.
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.
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 "Support for Veterans" essay competition.
Read Annika's essay about the uselessness of stuff—like trophies and goodie bags.