Jun 01

Social media

Imagine if all social media -- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.  -- shut down. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? How would it affect your life?

#vtwrites18

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Jun 01

Prez

Write a letter to the president. Tell him one thing you want him to do – and why.

#vtwrites18

(Artist credit:​ Denys Almaral)

 
Jun 15

State of Union

How do you feel about the way things are going in America right now? What ticks you off? What encourages you?
Vermont High School Students, you have a special incentive: Sen. Bernie Sanders invites you to write a 250-500 word essay focusing on what you believe are the major challenges facing the nation and how to solve them. Go to www.sanders.senate.gov/stateoftheunion to submit your essay. The deadline is Jan. 10, 2018.
May 04

Green Up

Vermonters! Participate in Green Up Day. Write about the most interesting object you find, the best conversation you have, or the observations you make as you clean up the state.

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Apr 20

Earth

The Earth needs your help. Climate change is real. Write an urgent message to your fellow humans that will get their attention. Be specific about how to take immediate action. Write, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for YWP’s environmentally friendly chocolate!

[YWP Photo Library; Photo by Shannon Ripp]

 
Mar 01

Parkland: Do you feel you are being heard?


The difference in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, shooting is that people are paying attention to articulate, passionate high school students. Does this give you hope? Do you feel you are heard? Are there other issues you feel you need to voice?

 
Mar 01

Schools: Do you feel safe?


Do you feel safe in your school? Why? Or why not? Tell a story. Write a poem. Write an essay. Tell people what it's like when there is a Code Red drill.


 

The Parkland Victims

Feb 27

Recent School Gun Incidents

In an effort to provide you with factual information about the recent school shooting events, YWP is compiling links to professional news accounts. Here is a listing. If you know of other important stories to include here, please add links to the comment section. Thanks. GG

Vermont
 
St. Albans high school evacuated after shooting threat
vtdigger.org, Feb. 21, 2018
For the second day in a row a Franklin County high school closed early and sent students home in response to a threat of a school shooting.

Students were released just after noon on Wednesday from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, after the school received a note threatening a shooting at the school later in the afternoon, according to the St. Albans Police Department. ...

Feb 02

Loss

Write about what it’s like to lose a longtime friend. How does it happen? Where do you go from here? Real or imagined. No names, please!

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Jan 29

State of the Union

President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address. What did you think? What did you like? dislike? What did you think was missing? Write something. We want to know what you think. We want to know how the speech made you feel. 



 
Dec 18

Banned

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told last week that the Trump administration is prohibiting them from using seven words or phrases in official documents. The forbidden words are: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” (Washington Post, Dec. 15, 2017) What do you think of that? This challenge was sparked by today's Daily Read -- 7 Words by Icarus Blackmore. Read it for inspiration.
Dec 15

Phone

Go without your phone for 24 hours. Reflect on your experience.

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Dec 11

Keaton

Keaton Jones of Knoxville, Tenn., asked his mom to record a video of him talking about being bullied -- again -- at school. According to the New York Times ("A Nation Answers a Sobbing Boy’s Plea: ‘Why Do They Bully?’" Dec. 11, 2017) his mom posted it on Facebook on Friday with a plea to parents to talk to their children about bullying -- and the response was overwhelmingly empathetic. Read the story and see the video. Consider Keaton's words:
Sep 29

Peace

Where do you see the greatest opportunity to create peace in your community or the world? Write an essay or poem about what you can do to promote peace. This challenge is part of Peace Day, Sept. 21. More info:http://www.peaceoneday.org. Also click here to see what Vergennes Union High School does on Peace Day!
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Sep 15

Strike

Students in Burlington, VT missed their second day of school on Friday as teachers continued their strike. For those of you in Burlington, write about it. Tell us how you feel about the strike, about getting a day without school. What are you doing? And those outside of Burlington, how do you feel about it? Should teachers strike? Should our society show more respect and provide more resources for teachers?
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Sep 13

Ageism

All of this site's users all have two things in common. We are all writers, and we are all young (okay, well, most of us are). We tend to focus on the writing part, but the young part can be important too. So here's my challenge: write about your age. Write about a time you felt discriminated against because of it, or you thought someone cared too much how old you were. Write about laws around age, age segregation at school, your age's impact on your relationship with siblings and adults, or stereotypes associated with your age. Write about when you were younger, or when you'll be older.
All of this site's users all have two things in common. We are all writers, and we are all young (okay, well, most of us are). We tend to focus on the writing part, but the young part can be important too. So here's my challenge: write about your age. Write about a time you felt discriminated against because of it, or you thought someone cared too much how old you were. Write about laws around age, age segregation at school, your age's impact on your relationship with siblings and adults,  or stereotypes associated with your age. Write about when you were younger, or when you'll be older. Write about how your age makes you feel: angry, proud, hopeful, excited, etc. Write about other people's ages, and how people treat one another based on age.

Workshop Description:

Water is something we all use every day. In fact, we can't live without it. For some of us, it is such a vital and ingrained part of our everyday lives that it can be really easy to take for granted. But there is so much more to consider when thinking about water. This XP will cover the basics: how we use water, where water comes from, and what it means to have "water issues" in our world. Hopefully it will give you an idea of why exactly water is so important!

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Instructor and Mentor info
Geoff Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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I founded YWP.