The Presidential Seal, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Jay Tamboli’s photostream

What would you write in a letter to the next President of the United States? The race for president is uppermost on many minds right now. BMe — a national network of people committed to build caring and prosperous communities inspired by Black men — has invited youth ages 14 to 24 (Generation iGen) to participate in the 2016 presidential race by means of their Notice2POTUS essay contest. Participants are asked to articulate their concerns and recommendations for addressing a targeted issue.

Contestants are tasked with writing an original and creative essay that clearly articulates their views on one of the following topics:

  • Public School Reform
  • College Affordability/College for All
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Police Brutality/Justice Reform
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Immigration
  • National Security

BMe is looking for essays that express how the next president’s decision-making can help to build a more caring and prosperous America. The writing must be grounded in research, be persuasive, and include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the topic, along with well thought out proposed solutions.

The contest is open to youth ages 14- 24 in the United States. Essays must be between 700 and 1,000 words in length and use a minimum of five cited sources.

The contest deadline is Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Participants will have the chance to compete for cash prizes (including a grand prize of $1,000), travel, and the opportunity to publish and participate in panel discussions in Akron, OH; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington DC, and our own City of Pittsburgh.

Please click here for more information on how to enter the competition and a complete listing of the contest rules and regulations.

The hashtag for the contest is #Notice2POTUS. Good Luck!