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YWCA Racial Justice Contest 2018

From our dear friends at Northcentral PA YWCA:

the YWCA Racial Justice Contest 2018

Racial Justice Essay Contest 2018 

For more than 125 years, Lycoming County’s own YWCA has been committed to racial equity, justice and eliminating racism in our community through education, peaceful dialogue and public advocacy.

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Through history, we’ve been inspired by women like Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor, and men like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy.

Today, the YWCA Northcentral PA wants to know how you are fighting racism in our community. Using the prompt and guidelines below, we invite you to submit your original essay in the YWCA’s first annual Racial Justice Essay.

Your original work must be submitted to the YWCA Northcentral PA by 4:30pm on Monday, April 16th. 

Submissions can be sent electronically to or dropped off at the YWCA Northcentral PA, 815. W. Fourth Street, Williamsport. Please only one submission per student.


How has racism impacted your life and how are you working to eliminate racism and promote peace in our world?


The 2018 Racial Justice Essay Contest is open to all students in Lycoming County ages 10 to 18.

Essay Criteria Requirements 

Essays should be between 750 and 1000 words.
Essays may be handwritten (must be legible) or typed.
Essays must be in black ink on white paper, double-spaced and single-sided.
Pages must be numbered at the bottom (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4).
Essays must be the original work of the student.
Include the Contact Entry Form.

Judging & Winners 

All essay entries will be judged by a multi-racial panel of men and women.

One winner will be chosen from each of the following age groups:


Winners will be announced Monday, May 19th at 6:00pm during a reception at the YWCA where they will present their winning project.

Winners will receive a $25 gift card and teachers of the three student winners will receive a $250 gift card.