We are excited to host our 2nd annual Youth Social Justice Contest & Showcase on Tuesday, April 16! When you hear the hearts and witness the talents of our youth, you will be reinvigorated and reenergized to help us build a brighter future for children where their race does not predict their life outcomes.

This contest showcases youths’ expression of their experiences in our Interrupting Racism for Children (IRFC) workshops through poetry, essays, or art, and how the workshops helped them grow or take action for impact.

If you are a youth who has attended our IRFC workshops and would like to be involved in the contest, learn more.

How to Participate in our Youth Social Justice Contest
Our Interrupting Racism for Children program hosted its first Youth Social Justice Contest and Showcase last year, focusing on racial justice essays and other art projects.

Below, you can read an essay from one of last year’s winning entries. Please listen to the words of our youth. They have so much to teach us.

2023 Youth Racial Justice Essay Contest Winner


Thank you, Sponsors, supporters, fundraising, event

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King

Meet some of the compassionate supporters of “Inspire & Ignite”:

-Jeanne Smucker: “So very proud of our youth!”

-Mary Cvelbar: “I believe in justice, racial equity, and well-being for every child. Thank you for serving in this endeavor.”

-Tissia Henderson – “May God continue to guide you in meeting the needs of others.”

-Cynthia Booth – “Great work you do! Keep inspiring and igniting the power of young people!”

-Tom and Robin Ledyard – “To honor the awesome work of our goddaughter, Divya Yeleti!”

-Timeko Whitaker – Timeko & Associates Realty Group – “Thanks for giving me the opportunity to support such an amazing cause!”

-Adrian & Carolyn Smiley – “We wish you continued success!”

-Ramu and Divya Yeleti

-Stephanie Lawson

-Timothy Grays

-Jenny and Marc Beaudry