Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is once again looking for sixth through 12th graders to submit essays to the Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out essay contest.
According to the museum, “The program is designed to create an appreciation and understanding among people of differing religions, races, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. By challenging young people to consider the benefits of a more inclusive society, the consequences of intolerance and the role of personal responsibility in effecting change, the contest also reflects Jewish values of responsible citizenship and respect for all humanity.”
Each year, the museum gives out $100,000 in scholarships, awards and anti-bias education in recognition of these student across Northeast Ohio.
In 500 words or less, students are encouraged to share their experiences and submit their essay by the deadline based on grade category.
The application asks students: “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?”
This year, the program’s theme honors 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.
Sixth through 10th grade essays are due Jan. 5 by 11:59 p.m. and grades 11-12 essays are due January 19 by 11:59 p.m. Public, private, charter, online and homeschool students in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties are eligible to enter.
To learn more about “Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out” essay competition or to submit an essay, click here.