There is now officially less than a week until the 2019 Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest entries are due on March 31! There is still time, but not much of it…
One of the newest projects at Mali Rising is our Youth Ambassador Project. Check out this video created by one of our Youth Ambassadors — Johanna Ziegler. You can hear directly from the Youth Ambassadors about their passion for volunteering and how being involved impacts their own lives.
By Merritt Frey, Executive Director
Hey high school students — looking forward to your winter break? Sleeping in, catching up on your favorite series, maybe a little bit of time with friends? Let’s make it just a little more fruitful — work on your essay for our Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest.
The 2019 contest opens for entries on January 1, 2019! The contest is a forum for thoughtful high school thinkers to share their analysis on a different international development topic each year in a short (300-500 words) essay. National winners of this essay contest receive cash awards and recognition.
So get thinking on the 2019 Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest theme:
In 1948, the UN General Assembly included education as a basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Do you think education is a human right? Why or why not? What does your position mean for education in a country like Mali?
I'm proud to say that through this job I've met some of the greatest young people, both in Mali and in the United States. Lately, I've had the pleasure of working with Roshini, who inspired a whole new project at Mali Rising. Today, with the help of Roshini and four other high school students who make up the Youth Ambassadors Advisory Council, we're pleased to open applications for 18/19 school year Youth Ambassadors.
March 31 at midnight. That’s when the door slams shut on our Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest. The contest asks high school students to make a compelling, short argument for why we should invest in educating children in a far-off country like Mali. Essays are arriving in our inbox daily. It is exciting to see the different angles students take to support their case...
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