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The Milton Wolf Prize in Student Advocacy

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to register for this competition?

A: Yes. Register here to make sure we can reach you with any updates about the competition, especially if there is a deadline extension.

Q: Who can enter the Milton Wolf Prize in Student Advocacy Competition?

A: United States public school students, grades 6-12.

Q: Does the project have to be assigned in a classroom?

A: No, students may enter the competition as individuals, in small groups, as part of a class assignment, as part of a youth group or club project. You will need an adult to verify that you have presented your project.

Q: When is the project due? 

A: The project is due Monday, April 29, 2024, 11:59pm (whatever time zone you're in). All projects must be accessible on the Internet through a link. 

Q: How do I submit my project?

A: Submit your project on this Google Form. Be sure anyone can access your project through the link you provide.

 

VERY IMPORTANT: As you prepare your submission, your project MUST be accessible to anyone with the link so all of the judges can view it. Projects that we cannot access will not be reviewed.  

Q: Are there prizes for winning?

A: Yes, we will award as follows:

  • Five winning projects will receive $400 each (if you work in a group, you will divide the award between you).

  • Five runner-up projects will receive $250 each (if you work in a group, you will divide the award between you).

  • Three schools that produced compelling, strong projects will receive $500 each to donate to a local community organization based on the projects.

  • Two teachers will receive a scholarship to join us at the 2023 Centropa Summer Academy in Europe. Please note: the 2023 Summer Academy applications are now closed. We hope to offer this award for the 2024 Summer Academy, as well.

Q: How long does the project have to be?

A: If you make a video, no longer than 5 minutes. Otherwise, there is no precise length for the project.

Q: What are the requirements for this project? READ CAREFULLY.

A: The Review Committee will judge the projects based on the requirements outlined in each CHECKLIST on the webpage for every step in the process. Hover your cursor over "5 Steps to a Winning Project" on the menu at the top and be sure to click on each page to see the checklist. Requirements for this project include:

  • Students must:

    • read about how Milton Wolf saved the first Muslim woman to receive a Righteous Gentile award on the home page of this website (need to scroll down)

    • read about Milton Wolf's life here and here.

    • watch the film, Survival in Sarajevo

    • reflection: include at the end of their project a reflection on how helping with the cause they researched connects to Milton Wolf and his example of helping Zeyneba Hardega and how the people of Sarajevo worked together during the Bosnian War of the 1990s (as seen in the film Survival in Sarajevo). Projects that do not include this requirement will not win a prize.

    • read the below list of criteria that the reviewers will use to determine the winners—be sure to include these elements in your project.

  • After identifying a community problem, students must research about the problem and how local organizations are addressing it, create a visual presentation, and present their work to at least one group of people outside of their class and school community. Be sure to read the suggestions and checklist for each of these steps on the webpages under "5 Steps to a Winning Project" in the menu at the top of this page.

  • An adult must confirm that the project has been presented to people or an organization outside of the class or school. Send confirmation via email to Lauren Granite at granite@centropa.org.

  • The project must be accessible via the Internet (though a link) here. IMPORTANT: Please make your project accessible to anyone so our Review Committee members can access it. If we cannot access your project or cannot reach you before we may not review it for a prize.

  • Cite your sources.

  • Submit the project no later than Friday, April 28, 2022, 11:59pm (whatever time zone you're in).

Q: What criteria will you use to judge the projects?

A: The judges will use the following criteria:

  • Does this presentation educate others about the topic thoroughly and accurately?

  • Does the presentation convince the viewer that this is an important topic to care about?

  • Is this presentation easy to follow?

  • Is this presentation creative and pleasing to look at in its use of imagery, colors, and presentation of the material?

  • Does the project inform viewers about where and how they can get involved in working on the problem?

  • Do the students cite their sources?

  • Does the project discuss the connection between the student's topic and Milton Wolf and the Survival in Sarajevo story?

Q: Are past winning projects available to review?

A: Yes—and Lauren Granite is available to Zoom into your class or speak with students individually about what we are expecting to see in their projects and to answer any questions they might have. We don't upload student projects to the website in order to protect their privacy.

Important Links

Register here: https://forms.gle/vp3qoSAVn5jTghTv8

Read about Milton Wolf here:

How Milton Wolf helped save Zeyneba Hardaga (scroll down on home page)

Biographical Information about Milton Wolf—New York Times

More biographical information about Ambassador Milton Wolf—American Austrian Foundation

Watch Survival in Sarajevo

Submit your project here.

Questions? Email Lauren Granite at granite@centropa.org.  

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