Young Voices Matter Competition

It’s your turn to step up to the mic.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the  content of their character.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The purpose of the Young Voices Matter competition is to empower children to share their perspective on injustices they have witnessed in their communities, provide solutions that will make a positive impact and encourage their peers to live by the Content of Character principle taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Share Your Vision

Learn

Learn about Character Traits

In a famous quote from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he expresses his dream for our country to not judge people by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Dr. King’s famous quote from his “I Have a Dream” speech highlights the desire for society to view people based on what they contribute to their communities instead of solely by their race or ethnicity.
Compassion Determination Forgiveness Gratefulness Humility Loyalty Patience Responsibility Self-Control Truthfulness
Create

Be Creative

Reflect on what you have learned about Dr. King, his work in the community and the definition of content of character.

Art submissions should identify an injustice in your community, and provide a solution that makes a positive change.

  Do you draw, paint, photograph or sculpt?  Visual art submissions can be dropped off at The Garden on Millbrook on December 11th through December 15th from 10am – 4pm.   Do you sing, play an instrument, dance or act? Performing arts submissions must be original compositions. They should be recorded and uploaded electronically. Please include a lyric sheet for music submissions and a script for drama submissions. Do you write? Written submissions must be in a Word document uploaded electronically. Please use Times New Roman font and double space. Text should not exceed 5 pages. For non-written submissions, please provide a brief description of your art detailing your inspiration and creative process.

Provide a solution to make a change. What can you or would you change to make things fair for everyone?

Empower the characters and audience to embody positive character traits. How can you encourage your peers to be children of good character?

Group entries will be considered as one entry and the award will go to the submitting school.
Upload

Submit your Work

Complete the entry form. 

Upload your written document, a photo of your project, or a recording to the form.

Email: YoungVoicesMatter@bccraleigh.org

Put “Young Voices Matter Competition” in the subject line.

You can email Written Script, photo, or a recording (if the file is small). Include the participant’s name, grade, address, and phone number in the body of the email.

Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timeline of Dr. King's Life

Read about it here:

MLK Jr. National Geographic

Dr. King's Video Biography

From Brainpop!

MLK Jr. Brain Pop

Kid President Video on Dr. King

Watch the Video:

Kid President

“I Have a Dream”

Check out this animated video:

Freedoms Ring Video

Here is what you need to know…

The competition is open to participants in 3rd through 12th grades who are residents of the NC Triangle area. Only one entry per child.

The competition begins on November 8th. To be eligible for prizes, participants must submit their original project by Midnight December 15th. 

Art submissions should identify an injustice in your community, and provide a solution that makes a positive change. The project must be an original, unpublished work completed by the participant or group/school. The project 

Do you draw, paint, photograph or sculpt? Visual art submissions can be dropped off at The Garden on Millbrook on December 11th through December 15th from 10am – 3:30pm. Upload a photo of your project through the submission form before you drop it off.

Do you sing, play an instrument, dance or act? Performing arts submissions must be original compositions. They should be recorded and uploaded electronically. Please include a lyric sheet for music submissions and a script for drama submissions.

Do you write? Written submissions must be in a Word document uploaded electronically. Please use Times New Roman font and double space. Text should not exceed 5 pages.

For non-written submissions, please provide a brief description of your art detailing your inspiration and creative process.

BCC will not be responsible for incomplete or illegible entries.

The participant can enlist peers to participate in creative project,  if the project requires script has multiple characters or members of a band, dance team, etc.

No copyrighted material can be used in creative projects (such as music or pictures) unless there is written permission to do so. If using music or images (with permission) from another source, please appropriately credit sources in your written response.

Anyone in grades 3rd through 12th are able to enter.

Grades 3rd-5th will compete against each other.

Grades 6th-8th will compete against each other.

Grades 9th-12th will compete against each other.

Participation is Easy!

Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Learn about character traits.

Identify an Injustice

Create your Project

Submit your work.

Competition Ends – December 15th, 2017 Award Ceremony: Date in January TBD See you then!

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How will winners be selected?

The competition will be divided into three (3) grade groups: 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th. A panel of judges selected by the Berean Community Center’s Board of Directors will review the entries. Three (3) winners will be selected from each grade group based on the participants’ overall creativity and incorporation of the reflections listed under the script prompt. Winners will be notified by the preferred contact information listed on the entry form.