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Essay Contest for 5th through 8th grader students at Warner, Mound, Fullerton, and Willow schools

“Talk about a person who currently lives in the Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood and has acted against injustice and unfairness and how that has
inspired you to act as well.”


Entries accepted beginning: Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 9:00 am
Entries due: Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 10:00 pm
Homecoming Luncheon: Friday, May 17th, 2019, 11:30am - 2:00pm

One winner will be chosen from all entries. In addition, one runner-up will be chosen from each of the other schools, making a total of four winners.

Overall winner will receive a $250 Visa Gift Card
Three runner-ups will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card

All winner will receive free access to the Homecoming Luncheon where they will be presented by the author of Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice, Veronica Chambers. They will also receive a free signed copy of her book and a meet and greet.


All submissions must have the completed Official Entry Form attached. Submissions can be emailed to, mailed to the address below, or hand-delivered to your school’s University Settlement representative:

Fullerton – Sharra Wimberly (216-386-3626)
Mound – Michael Copeland (216-440-1076)
Warner – Frederick Knuckles (216-456-0909)
Willow – Kim Corrigan (216-456-0901)

Mailed entries: Attn: Essay Entry, University Settlement 4800 Broadway Ave. Cleveland, OH 44127

Please read the official Rules and Guidelines before submitting.


Veronica Chambers

Veronica Chambers was born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn. She often writes about her Afro-Latina heritage. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish, but she is truly fluent in Spanglish. As a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama's Girl, which has been course adopted by hundreds of high schools and colleges throughout the country. The New Yorker called Mama's Girl, "a troubling testament to grit and mother love… one of the finest and most evenhanded in the genre in recent years."

She coauthored the award-winning memoir Yes Chef with chef Marcus Samuelsson as well as Samuelsson’s young adult memoir Make It Messy, and has collaborated on four New York Times bestsellers, most recently 32 Yolks, which she co-wrote with chef Eric Ripert. She has been a senior editor at the New York Times MagazineNewsweek, and Glamour.

About her book, Resist

“Most readers will find stories they haven’t heard before in this volume and will discover new inspiration from the familiar. Despite their subjects’ renown, they are presented so that their strength is inspiring rather than overwhelming. A resource to enrich the shelves of every home and library.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers’s inspiring collection of profiles—along with Senator Cory Booker’s stirring foreword—will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for what’s right.

You may only be one person, but you have the power to change the world.

Before they were activists, they were just like you and me. From Frederick Douglass to Malala Yousafzai, Joan of Arc to John Lewis, Susan B. Anthony to Janet Mock—these remarkable figures show us what it means to take a stand and say no to injustice, even when it would be far easier to stay quiet.

Resist profiles men and women who resisted tyranny, fought the odds, and stood up to bullies that threatened to harm their communities. Along with their portraits and most memorable quotes, their stories will inspire you to speak out and rise up—every single day.