Opinion & Commentary

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There's a lot going on in the world. By expressing your opinion and sharing your commentary with YWP, you can begin to make sense of things, build a connection with others, and work toward positive change.

Our list of opinion challenges will keep growing along with the year's news and events. Your responses may be published in YWP's digital magazine and annual anthology and with our Vermont media partners. Your opinion matters! Find out more about opinion & commentary.

[Illustration by Tess LaLonde, YWP]


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    Who do you consider a hero? What qualities do you admire in that person? Write a tribute to your hero, whether they are well-known, such as abolitionist Harriet Tubman, or a member of your family. 

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    The phrase "back to school" leads to all kinds of emotions – from excitement to dread. Try setting those aside for a moment, and consider the start of school as a new beginning. What do you want to do – for yourself – in this fresh, new year ahead?

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    The devastating impact of the July floods continues to haunt families, businesses, entire communities in Vermont. Write about it.

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    Big win for a group of young people in Montana who challenged government support for oil, gas and coal in a rapidly warming planet. Does it give you hope?

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    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that."

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    Looking at America today, do you think this is what the founders had in mind?