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Essay Contest Deadline

Friday, March 12, 2021 - 8:15am to 10:15pm

Essay Contest

Student Essay Contest
Refugee & Immigrant Experience

2021‌ ‌MINORU‌ ‌YASUI‌ ‌STUDENT‌ ‌CONTEST‌ ‌

“If‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌suffering‌ ‌or‌ ‌pain‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌unfairly‌ ‌imposed‌ ‌upon‌ ‌anyone,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌my‌ ‌duty,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌your‌ ‌duty‌ ‌to‌ ‌try‌ ‌to‌ ‌alleviate‌ ‌it,‌ ‌because‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌the‌ ‌way‌ ‌in‌ ‌which‌ ‌we‌ ‌gain‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌life‌ ‌for‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌us.” —‌ ‌Minoru‌ ‌Yasui‌ ‌ ‌

The‌ ‌Minoru‌ ‌Yasui‌ ‌Student‌ ‌Contest‌ ‌is‌ ‌proud‌ ‌to‌ ‌announce‌ ‌its‌ ‌2021‌ ‌essay‌ ‌competition‌ ‌on‌ ‌Refugee‌ ‌and‌ ‌Immigrant‌ ‌‌E‌xperiences.‌  ‌We‌ ‌celebrate‌ ‌the‌ ‌ideas‌ ‌and‌ ‌opinions‌ ‌of‌ ‌students‌ ‌in‌ ‌grades‌ ‌6‌ through‌ ‌12‌ ‌and‌ ‌challenge‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌write‌ ‌an‌ ‌original‌ ‌and‌ ‌thoughtful‌ ‌essay‌ ‌exploring‌ ‌refugee‌ ‌or immigrant‌ ‌experiences.‌ ‌Their‌ ‌essay‌ ‌should‌ ‌also‌ ‌demonstrate‌ ‌an‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌life‌ ‌and‌ ‌legacy‌ ‌of‌ ‌Minoru‌ ‌Yasui,‌ ‌who‌ ‌spent‌ ‌over‌ ‌40‌ ‌years‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌dedicated‌ ‌leader‌ ‌serving‌ ‌diverse‌ ‌and‌ ‌often‌ ‌marginalized‌ ‌communities.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Students‌ ‌are‌ ‌encouraged‌ ‌to‌ ‌research‌ ‌and‌‌ ‌‌share‌ ‌meaningful‌ ‌stories‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌conditions,‌ ‌challenges,‌ ‌and‌ ‌support‌ ‌experienced‌ ‌by‌ ‌immigrants‌ ‌and‌ ‌refugees‌ ‌coming‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌United‌ ‌States.‌ ‌At‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌time,‌ ‌we‌ ‌hope‌ ‌to‌ ‌inspire‌ ‌the‌ ‌next‌ ‌generation‌ ‌of‌ ‌leaders‌ ‌who‌ ‌can‌ ‌embrace‌ ‌complex ‌issues‌ ‌as‌ ‌Min‌ ‌Yasui‌ ‌did‌ ‌-‌ ‌with‌ ‌courage,‌ ‌agility,‌ ‌and‌ ‌thoughtfulness.‌ ‌

Submissions due March 12, 2021

Prizes:

Junior Division:
First Place - $200
Second Place - $75
Finalists (3) - $20

Senior Division:
First Place - $500
Second Place - $250
Finalists (3) - $25

For‌ ‌more‌ ‌information‌ ‌on‌ ‌contest‌ ‌details,‌ ‌please‌ ‌go‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Minoru‌ ‌Yasui‌ ‌Legacy‌ ‌Project‌ ‌website: ‌ ‌minoruyasuilegacy.org/student-contest‌. ‌ ‌ ‌(link is external)

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