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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.