EVENT DATE: Mar 06, 2014
Since its inception, the Youth Leadership Program of the Renaissance Training Institute, Inc. (RTIEL) has sponsored an essay contest with topics related to civil /voting rights and social justice. This contest is available for eligible high school students in grades 9-12 who live in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex.
Each year students compete for college scholarships and an all-expense paid trip to visit to historic sites in the cities of Montgomery and Selma, Alabama and various youth summit activities hosted by the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. The tour culminates with attendance at the 49th Annual “Bloody Sunday” Re-enactment crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge (see http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al4.htm).
In 2012, RTIEL sponsored 4 students and 2 chaperones on this trip with the 1st and 2nd place essay contest winners receiving $1000 and $500 in college scholarships respectively. In 2013, RTIEL sponsored 2 students and 1 chaperone on this trip and the students also received $1000 and $500 in college scholarships respectively.
This year, will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March, and RTIEL is happy to announce that 6 students have won the contest and will make the trip to Alabama with 2 chaperones. Additionally, the 1st and 2nd place winners will earn $1000 and $500 in college scholarships respectively. Given the overwhelming interest in the contest and the submission of excellent essays by these students, your help is needed to defray the costs of making this life-changing trip available to them!!!
Please check out the RTIEL.org website to find out more about our Organization (http://rtiel.org/) and about the RTIEL, Inc. Essay Contest (http://rtiel.org/our-programs/youth-leadership-program/2013-2014-youth-leadership-essay-contest/). And we sincerely thank you, in advance, for considering a donation to help sponsor this trip!!!