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Community Support Services
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

CSS Communications

Key Initiatives

​Do The Write Thing


The Do the Write Thing (DTWT) Essay Challenge is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, a non-profit organization made up of businesses, and community and government leaders. This group is committed to reducing youth violence, and improving the health of our families and communities. The Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge Program began in 1994 as a local program in Washington, D.C. and expanded in 1996 to other cities across the U.S. The program challenges middle school students to write about youth violence and what can be done about youth violence.

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Why Writing?


For many students it is the first time that they have expressed themselves about how violence impacts them.  Writing becomes a very cathartic and therapeutic experience. They are able to take a very personal and sometimes painful experience, put it down on paper and then move forward. 

No one likes to be marginalized.  Our young students have experiences, thoughts and insights that they want to share. They want to be listened to and through writing we can be invited into their world.

Young people get excited about writing when it is something directly related to them, not something abstract or academic, but something that personally affects them. Everyone has a story to tell and middle school students are open to writing about a subject that is of interest to them—themselves. Read more about the program's impact here.


The 2021-2022 Year has arrived!

Any middle school student in Mecklenburg County can participate.

Students may use any form of written expression (e.g. essays, poems, plays, or songs). Students may submit only one entry per year. All entries must be the work of only one student. Entries should be approximately 500 to 1000 words in length. Some written forms of expression such as poetry may contain less than 500 words.

Student entries should address the following: 
  • How has youth violence affected my life?
  • What are the causes of youth violence?
  • What can I do about youth violence? 


How to Submit an Essay

Students can submit a physical copy of their essay at their school or can submit their essays electronically. Click here to access the electronic submission form. For complete contest details, please download the Do The Write Thing Information Packet 2021-2022.pdf. Essay are due February 28th, 2022.


Contest Prizes

Grand prize winners, teachers, and parents will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for National Recognition Week, which is a series of events in the Capitol. Local winners of the Mecklenburg County contest will receive various gifts/prizes as well as be invited to the Annual Recognition Ceremony. At least two winners from each middle school will be selected.


To learn more about the National Do The Write Thing program, please visit Do the Write Thing National 





Address

Mailing Address:

Community Support Services
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

CSS Communications

Key Initiatives