Why Lifting Up Westchester is sponsoring this contest
On any given night in Westchester County, one of the wealthiest areas in the country, approximately 1,750 people are homeless – 655 of them children. If we add those students whose families are “doubled up” living with relatives or living in other temporary accommodations – the number of homeless children in our County is closer to 2,800 according to data collected by Southern Westchester BOCES.
An educated community is essential to dispel misconceptions about poverty and homelessness and to cultivate empathy and respect for those in our community who are experiencing homelessness. We hope that by sponsoring a contest for 7th through 12th graders more youth–their parents – will learn more about this important issue and start thinking about what we all can do to start reducing the problem.
Homelessness: What does it mean to you? How has it touched your life? What are your ideas about how to assist our homeless neighbors here in Westchester County?
Any student in grades 7 through 12 who is a Westchester County resident is eligible to participate in the contest regardless of where he or she attends school.
How the Contest Works
Essays must be submitted in PDF format via email to: 2018EssayContest@LiftingUpWestchester.org
Student’s name, grade, school and contact information (email, telephone number and mailing address) must be included at the top of the essay.
Essay must be the original work of the student.
Students need not have personally experienced homelessness to participate however students are welcome to include references to their own personal experience, interaction with homeless individuals, or volunteer work.
Parental or guardian consent will be required as submission constitutes consent for publication by LUW of the essay submitted, student’s name and photograph. Consent Form
9th and 10th grade
Each grade group will have a panel of 3 to 5 judges from the community who will evaluate the essays based on:
Winner(s) will be announced on March 15, 2018
There will be three prizes for each grade group:
Award ceremony will be held in the spring of 2018 at a date and location to be announced.