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?


(Photo credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Mikayla LeBlanc)

Jun 01


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


(Artist credit:​ Denys Almaral)

Sep 26


Facebook is slumping, hit by accusations that it has been sloppy with users' data and manipulated by foreign adversaries. Do you like Facebook? 
Sep 25


Aug 20


Some say that grades are a true reflection of learning.  What do you think?
Jun 15


If you could be a kid forever, would you be? Why or why not? What would it be like to be in “kid-ville” forever? Describe.

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Shannon Ripp]
May 26


What is one thing you wish had never been invented? How would your life and/or the world be different without this invention?

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Shannon Ripp]
May 18

Santa Fe, Texas: What Now?

After Parkland, you wrote, spoke out and testified. You marched. You walked out of your school. You wrote some more. You presented your words on stage and on radio and on TV. You joined your brothers and sisters -- in spirit, online -- in Parkland and from the streets of Chicago and Philadelphia and New York ... where every day young people die from gunfire. You raised awareness. In some places, you helped change laws.

And now this. Santa Fe, Texas. 10 dead in a high school shooting, mostly students.
Apr 20


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

Speak out: A letter to leaders

High school and middle school students around the U.S. are having their voices heard. Will it be enough? Will you be heard? Can you bring change?

Write a letter to your Senator, Congressman, state legislator, governor. Tell them what you think they should do. Post a copy here. 

ALSO, put the hashtag #writersforchange if you'd like to be part of a YWP community project to send a lot of writing to political leaders being organized by some YWP users. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

Feb 18

Parkland: What can you do?

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. 

Jan 15


America today. Look at the people, events and issues we are facing now. Draw on inspiration from the life, works and values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to write, compare, suggest a path forward. Or just rant.
#mlk #voices4change
Dec 18


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


Write a rant about the weirdest fad of 2017. 

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Grace Safford]
Dec 15


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

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Grace Safford]
Nov 17


What is the one thing you think everyone should do at least once in their life? Write from your own experience or research.

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Grace Safford]

Oct 20


If you had to give up seeing one color, which color would it be and why?

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Grace Safford]
Oct 13


Today, your usual way to school is unavailable, and you really need to get there! It’s up to you to find an alternative.
Sep 29


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 from the YWP archive, so you might see some responses from past years. Sprout from any of these if they move you!
[Photo credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Jonathan Palmer]