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Stand Against Racism Essay Contest

 Stand Against Racism Utah

YWCA Utah announces the

2018 Stand Against Racism Essay Contest:

Our Power, Our Mission, Our Future

Open to young women ages 12-18


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

Voting rights and civic engagement are, and have always been, core components of racial justice work. We are seeking 1,000 word essays discussing the importance of political and community engagement for young women of color.  

Essays are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018. 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 aphillips@ywcautah.org  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 in May 2018.  

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.

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. 

About YWCA Utah

YWCA Utah advances the well-being of women in Utah through safety, opportunity, and advocacy. Since 1906 YWCA Utah has advanced the well-being of women in key dimensions of their lives through direct programming, education, and advocacy designed to encourage their aspirations, protect their rights, and meet their changing needs. The YWCA’s enduring belief has been that better lives for all women lead to stronger families and communities. Current direct programming focuses on violence against women, early childhood education, and women’s leadership development. Research, education, and advocacy and public policy efforts focus on developing the Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative.

Stand Against Racism Utah