I, Too, Am The Dream Essay contest is open to high school seniors in the 2020-21 school year. The contest seeks to engage students in describing dynamic stories that have propelled themselves and others to pursue and achieve their own American Dream.
Students will be asked to submit an essay, poem, spoken word, or short story of 1,000 words or fewer using the following prompt:
The story of the American Dream is one of aspiration, potential, hope, and dynamic tensions – opportunity and injustice, achievement and inequity, and triumph and challenge. Some have argued that the Dream is more of a myth than a reality. Many, who challenge the conventional understanding of the American Dream, cultivate a more inclusive and expansive vision of the Dream. They embrace the invitation to be ambassadors for advancing the American Dream, securing the Dream for future generations. Drawing on your own personal experience and/or the experiences of others, describe your vision for a reimagined American Dream and how you envision advancing it for yourself and others.
Two winners each receive:
- A $5,000 cash award.
- A mentor to provide consultation, guidance, and counsel for their senior year and beyond.
- Professional coaching to create a video of their submission.
- An invitation to Washington, DC for the opening of the Center for Advancing the American Dream for them and their families.
Writer, Angie Thomas, of the bestselling novel, “The Hate You Give,” will be one of the mentors.
Deadline to apply is September 21, 2020, 3 pm EST.