Essay Contest Honors the Life and Teachings of Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou

The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation (SYF), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Friday launched an essay contest to honor the great life and teachings of Dr. Maya Angelou.

The contest, which is open to youth ages 7 to 17 years who reside in the County of Los Angeles, encourages children to learn more about Angelou’s life, the challenges she overcame, and how she championed for civil rights and truth.

“We are very pleased to kick off this initiative and, more importantly, to provide our youth the opportunity to learn firsthand about the great works and wisdom that will forever be part of our lives and our community through Dr. Angelou,” says Dr. Kathleen Van Antwerp, Program Director of the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. “We truly hope that her legacy will inspire the children of our great county to overcome whatever challenge in life they might face and to see the vast opportunities that our community offers to them.”

The essay contest ties into the many youth academic programs offered through the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.

“I’m very proud of the great work being done every day through our youth programs,” says Sheriff John L. Scott. “As a community, we have an important social responsibility to our children to guide them on a better path toward a successful future. Dr. Angelou’s life is an inspiration to all and her great legacy will live in our hearts always.”

Youth are invited to submit their 500- to 700-word essays through June 27, 2014. The essay review will be based on the impact that the youth author has personally gained through reading of the life, words and wisdom of Dr. Angelou.

An evaluation committee composed of SYF staff and volunteers will select three finalists. The three finalists will each receive an iPad Mini tablet and their work will be highlighted on the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation website.

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