The pen is mightier than the sword.
This age-old saying captures the impact of thoughts, words, and ideas that are collected and kept for people to read, review, digest, dissect, discuss, and act upon. In doing so, a sharing and exchange of ideas can take place with the hope of the subsequent actions being grounded in making things better for those in the immediate and surrounding community.
The Partnership of Southern Equity, through its regional-based programs identifying means of improving access to social, economic, and other related resources, is providing such a platform, particularly for youth in grades 9-12. On Tuesday, November 19th, as an extension of its Metro Atlanta Equity Access Initiative, they are hosting a poetry contest. As part of their official launch, their "Defining Equity Poetry Contest" is calling for youth to write an original poem exploring the themes of equity and fairness and how they see them within their given community and experience.
All students are encouraged to provide a poetry submission via a YouTube video. The poem can be up to 3 minutes long and must be submitted via email (with the subject heading MAEA Youth Contest) to Ms. Erika Hill (email@example.com) by November 12th to be considered for the event. Participants are notified by November 15th for their participation for the event.
In addition to selected students having their parent or guardian provide their written consent (if selected) to be a part of the campaign, the student and a member from their sponsoring organization must be available to attend the launch on the 19th (at 6pm at the Loft at Castleberry Hill). The winning submission receives a $250 award, and the sponsoring organization receives a $250 award. For more details about the overall project, interested students and organizations are encouraged to contact Danielle Campbell via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Writing and speaking, especially on community-related areas of concern, can provide thought and action needed to address and hopefully problem-solve. On the 19th of this month, the greater community, through the creative musings of high school aged students, can get a better sense of the ways these monumental and needed actions can take place.
The pen is still pretty mighty...