Enter the CT Kids’ Court Essay Competition and Kids Speak



Enter the CT Kids’ Court Essay Competition and Kids Speak

The State of  Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the state Department of Education are co-sponsoring the CT Kids’ Court Essay Competition and Kids Speak.  The Kids’ Court Competition provides Jr. High and High School students with an opportunity to research a specific civil or human rights issue and advocate a position, initially in an essay and then orally before a panel of judges.

Kids Speak which is the kickoff to the Kids’ Court Essay Competition, is a half-day program of interactive exercises, peer debate, improvisations, an interactive panel discussion and peer dialogue aimed at raising student’s consciousness about civil and human rights issues and reducing bullying and prejudice.  Students from across the State of Connecticut and the tri–state area are invited to participate in this groundbreaking event.  This year there are five topics for Kids Speak and the Kids Court Essay Competition.  The Kids Speak will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  A morning snack and lunch will be served at no cost to participants.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  

Thousands of students have participated in Kids Speak and Kids’ Court over the years and the program has been very favorably received by educators and administrators.  Past Speakers have included Governor Dannel P. Malloy, State Senators, a Supreme Court Justice, State Representatives, Representatives from the Mayor’s Office In Hartford, The Commissioner of Education and many more dignitaries.  We hope that you will join us.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND LUNCH WILL BE SERVED.  SPACES ARE LIMITED.  

Please have your students begin working on their essays now.  The topics for this year’s Competition are in the attached flyer.  The final Competition will be held during the second week of June.

Click here for printable brochure.

Attorney Cheryl A. Sharp, Deputy Director
CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
25 Sigourney Street, 7th Floor
Hartford, CT 06106

Tel:   (860) 541-3450
Fax:  (860) 246-5265
Web:  www.ct.gov/chro

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