Stand Against Racism Essay Contest

Stand against racismThe YWCA Young Women’s Council’s 2016 Stand Against Racism Essay Contest

We are seeking 1,000 word essays from young women of color addressing the impacts of institutional and structural racism on their life and how they have addressed these challenges.

Who can Enter?

  • Open to young women of color ages 12-18
  • Winners must be residents of Utah.
  • YWCA Staff, Board, Young Women’s Council members, and their immediate families are ineligible to submit essays for this award.

What’s the prize?

  • Grand Prize award: $500 scholarship
  • Up to two runners-up will be identified with awards of $250 each
  • All winners will receive a complimentary one-year YWCA membership

How do I enter?

Essays are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016. All submissions must be typed, double-spaced and submitted with a cover page featuring the author’s name, age, and contact information. Submit essays to or deliver to YWCA Utah, 322 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

The YWCA Young Women’s Council will select the winning essays and announce the winners during the YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism, April 28-May 1, 2016.

About the YWCA Young Women’s Council

The YWCA Young Women’s Council is a group of young YWCA members ages 18-35 who work to promote the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Council members represent the YWCA in the community through service and advocacy, participate in leadership development opportunities, and plan the annual YWCA Young Women’s Leadership Summit.

About Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, YWCA Utah took a Stand Against Racism in 2011 and continues to participate annually as part of our mission to eliminate racism.

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