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Our Generation Essay Contest

The Our Generation Essay Contest challenges young Oklahomans to envision a state without bias, bigotry, discrimination, and oppression. How would our state look and our lives change if all people were treated equitably?  

2020 Essay Prompt 

A visionary leader is someone who is able to see the end goal and create a path to reach it. Our state and our country have seen visionary leaders create a more inclusive world for all of us. Your task is to research a visionary leader that has progressed diversity, equity and inclusion. Describe their actions and explain the significance of their accomplishments.  

  • What strategies did this leader use to accomplish their goals? Would this strategy work today? 
  • Inclusion is a collaborative project. Who supported this leader? Explain how these relationships impacted their work.  

Please download the submission packet for full prompt and submission details. 

Essay Requirements 

Length: 500 - 1000 words 

Eligibility: Students in grades 9-12 at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year may participate. Students may win an award only once in each school category. 

Your submission must have these three parts:  

  • Entry Form 
  • Essay Pages 
  • Works Cited Page 

For full requirements, please read the entry requirements checklist included in the submission packet. 

Our Generation Awards

A winner will be chosen from each grade. The winning essays will be posted to our website and social media. Winners are invited to attend our Annual Awards for recognition. 

  • 1st Place Prize: $100 
  • 2nd Place Prize: $75 
  • 3rd Place Prize: $50 

Judging Criteria 

Each essay will be judged using the following criteria: 

  • Depth of research 
  • Quality of writing 
  • Fulfillment of the prompt requirements 
  • Accuracy of factual information 
  • Responsible citation of sources consulted and referenced in APA format* 
  • Fulfillment of contest requirements concerning topic, eligibility, and guidelines 

*A guide to APA format can be found here. 


A completed entry form for each student’s submission must be included. These must arrive no later than August 1, 2020. Essays can be submitted to or should be mailed to:  

Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice 

100 W. 5th Street, Suite 335 

Tulsa, OK 74103 

For more information contact Avery Marshall.