Washington, D.C.-Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is now accepting entries for its essay contest for North American high school students of Iranian descent. IAAB Javan!, a division of IAAB dedicated to youth issues, seeks essays from American- and Canadian-Iranian students that address the notion of dual identity.
The essay contest aims to give young Iranian Americans the opportunity to express their thoughts on Iranian-American identity, to discuss issues that face them today, and to have their work published.
"There are essay contests for Chinese Americans and German-Russian Americans, and it's time for Iranian Americans to have a contest geared toward them," said Mina Tehrani, Project Manager of the contest. "We hope to increase awareness of Iranian American youth as a social group that is too often neglected."
IAAB Javan! will be accepting essays from high school students (grades 9-12) in the United States and Canada until April 7, 2006. Essays will be judged by IAAB staff and prominent guest judges from the Iranian-American community, and winners will be announced by April 26.
The author of the winning essay will be given a full scholarship to IAAB's Leadership Camp, which will be held in Massachusetts at the end of June (for details, please go to iranianalliances.org/leadershipcamp.htm). In addition, the first and second place winners will have their essays published on IAAB's website and in an Iranian-American publication. The top ten essays will be featured in an online e-book on IAAB's website.
Find more information on this essay contest online at:
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