We are delighted to announce the Winners and Honorable Mentions for 2016. Congratulations to all the students, teachers, parents, and principals. We could not be more pleased. We are very proud of you. We received quality essays from both DCPS and Public Charter schools. THANK YOU to all the students who submitted essays and shared your stories. You are awesome.
To see the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the 28th Celebration of Youth essay contest, click here.
The 2016 Essay Contest Theme is: Life brings change. What change has happened in your life that has made a big impact on you? Tell us what happened and how you are changing as a result of this experience. How can what you are learning serve you in the years ahead?
Entries are due by May 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. For contest details, click here.
THANK YOU to the many volunteers, assistants, and donors who have made possible the annual Christmas Caroling Event with families from Community of Hope. Your generosity, trust, and compassion have been vital and are much appreciated. Bringing together homeless families and the elderly could not have been done without you and your support.
Every holiday season for the last 25 years, families affiliated with Community of Hope and volunteers from Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence sang Christmas carols and holiday songs to the elderly at the Washington Center for Aging Services. As we caroled through the halls, the children visited the elderly and handed out homemade holiday cards.
The carolers then gathered to eat lunch, play games, and share stories. Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence was able to provide a beautifully decorated bag full of useful and fun gifts for each member of every family from Community of Hope as the event ended. One mother wrote us to say that her children had their best Christmas ever because of the generosity of everyone who supported this event. Our donors are awesome and generous.
We would be honored and grateful for your support for our 25th year. Cash donations, gift cards, new toys and games for babies to 18 year olds, and volunteers are welcome and necessary. Please click here for additional details.
“Many teens are unaware of the many challenges that come with teen pregnancies. These include the responsibility of being a teen parent, the decision of whether or not to keep the child, and the decision to stay in school…Four generations back, my mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother were all teen mothers…like my sister, I…plan on not being a teen parent.”
by Samirah Feaster-Harris 9th grader at Ballou Senior High School in 2013
Pearl of Widsom
“One experience in which I practiced resilience is when I went to sleep away camp… My parents dropped my sister and I off and I soon realized it was nothing like I had expected. … our cabins were made of sheets of wood and the windows did not have window panes, only screens. …when it rained, all of us would get wet. … Also, …we received an interesting surprise when we found a bat flying around in our cabin.”
by Claire Parker 7th grader at Alice Deal Middle School in 2010