Young Writers Project: Writers Strong
This week, Young Writers Project publishes responses to the prompt, Strength: Describe a time when you had to be strong; and one of the winning entries in the YWP Climate Change Challenge. Seven writers were honored and given $50 awards by Vermontivate, the community sustainability game, at an Earth Day celebration in Burlington on April 20. Go to youngwritersproject.org/vermontivate to read all the winning submissions. You can join the Vermontivate game, happening for five weeks in May and June, at vermontivate.com.
About the Project
Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net).
Music. Choose a piece of music and write a story that flows from it. Tell us what music you were listening to. Alternate: Three wishes: What would you wish for? Tell us in three sentences. Due May 10.
The idea was not neat and organized, but it was what the world needed at the time.
Gather by the thousands in the biggest cities around the world, and demand that every human being devote himself or herself to what was then an impossible cause — saving the Earth from global warming.
Green shirts, pants, dresses, hats, and scarves filled street vendors across the globe, giving the fashion industries around the world no choice but to embrace the Green Campaign. But that was merely the beginning.
Famous musicians, actors, and athletes inspired their nations to rise to the challenge, and take the Green responsibility upon them.
Instead of playing video games and watching television, it became the new normal to see children outdoors, playing tag underneath water sprinklers that soaked gardens with health and beauty. It was a wonderful thing, knowing that we all wanted the same thing … a long and vigorous life on a healthy planet.
A new era was born through the love and happiness that resided in our hearts. I felt very lucky indeed, to know that I was not alone in my belief that humanity could be wonderful. It was an awakening to our potential, and the power we have to change the world.
I am quite certain, even with Alzheimer’s knocking on my door, that I will never forget the year that everything changed for the better. It was the year 2030 — two decades ago — when the Green Campaign began, and even though it has come to an end, green continues to be the world’s favorite color.
Me and you
Until that day
That day where everything was sad
Nothing mattered if I could share it with my best friend
The one who always listened
Took me for who I was
The day hung over us like a dark cloud
Coming closer and closer
We push thoughts like this away
Pretending that they didn’t even happen
Or ever will
Everything has its time
Has its time to let go
Let go into another world where they will be loved
But that was the worst thought ever
And my dog was leaving
Leaving for another world
One where he could live forever
Never give in
When their hurtful
Never give up
When they say
Don’t give up.
Prove to them
To stay and
Give it your all.
You’re worth it
And you can
Never give up.