The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will kick off its Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out program, now in its 10th year, with an event on Wednesday, September 13.
Teachers, parents, and students in grades six through 12 who are interested in promoting diversity and tolerance through this scholarship opportunity are invited to attend the free event, from 4-7 p.m. at the museum (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood).
The event features an introduction to the Stop the Hate program and special Stop the Hate tour that includes a short inspiring film about historic instances of discrimination, plus exposure to artifacts, documents, and testimony from advocates and upstanders who stood against bigotry and intolerance.
Guests also can see a video of past scholarship winners reading their essays at award ceremonies and talk with key staff on hand to answer questions. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
About This Year’s Theme
Each year, a new theme is selected for students to consider. This year, in honor of the legacy of Carl and Louis Stokes, the Museum wants to know how students have been and can continue to be an agent of positive change.
The application asks students to, “Share what you’ve learned through your life experiences and tell how you’ll apply that knowledge in helping to create a brighter future… Think about your own life. Have you seen or experienced opportunities to fight racism, bigotry, violence, discrimination, or injustice? How did it inspire you to change the circumstances that created this problem? What actions have you taken toward making these changes a reality?”
In 500 words or less, students are encouraged to share their experiences and submit their essay by the deadline based on grade category.
Essays due Friday, January 5, 2018, 11:59pm
Grades 11 & 12
Essays due Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:59pm