Rotary Peace Essay Competition

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When people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

What does peace mean to you?

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.

This essay competition is for High School students that want to learn more about peace and can communicate (1) what does peace mean to you, (2) what makes a peaceful community, and (3) how peace can be promoted in your community.

Competition Requirements

Participant must attend all four peace forum sessions (see schedule below).
Submit a 1,000 – 2,000 word essay (single spaces, 12pt Times New Roman font)
Submit the essay by May 18: A link will be provided upon registration.

Essay Prizes

1st Prize: $1,500

2nd Prize: $900

3rd Prize: $500

Peace Forum Schedule

Guest speakers will share their thoughts about Peace over three (3) consecutive weeks on Thursdays at 4pm via Zoom.
• April 20th
• April 27th
• May 4th

An in-person discussion session will be held May 11th at 4:15-5:45pm.

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