We recently learned about a couple of cool contests for youth changemakers:

What About Peace Youth Arts Contest

Sponsored by Global Exchange, What About Peace is an international arts contest for youth, ages 14-20, to express their ideas about peace by responding artistically to the question “What about peace?” Participants can enter something either written (a story, essay, poem) or visual (photo, painting, drawing, etc.) to answer the question.

The grand prize is $1,000.

Submissions are due by February 15, 2012.

Find out more.

Silent Spring Essay Competition

Fifty years ago scientist Rachel Carson rocked the world with the findings she published in her classic book, Silent Spring.  In commemoration, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society is seeking essays from students “which analyze the impact and reception of Silent Spring as well as the legacy of Rachel Carson.”  According to the website, essay topics might include:

  • How has Silent Spring shaped environmentalism or environmental thought in various countries? How is it a global phenomenon?
  • What elements of Silent Spring have had the greatest impact on environmental leaders? Policy makers?
  • How is Silent Spring still relevant to current environmental debates?
  • If Rachel Carson were alive today, what would she be writing about?

The RCC will be awarding a prize for the most outstanding essays:

The Junior Prize: $1,000 for 1,000 words (or less) is open to students ages 13-18. (There’s also a senior category for ages 19 and older.)

Submissions are due via email by March 15, 2012.

Find out more.

~ Marsha

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