Thursday, May 29, 2014

LASD Sheriff's Youth Foundation Launches Essay Contest

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Thursday May 29, 2014, 11:17 AM

- HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff

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Foundation Launches Essay Contest in Honor of Dr. Maya Angelou

The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation (SYF) in its
partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department launched
today an essay contest to honor the great life and teachings of Dr. Maya
The contest, which is open to youth ages 7 to 17 years
who reside in the County of Los Angeles welcomes children to learn more
about Angelou’s life and the challenges that she overcame, as well as how
she championed for civil rights and truth. “We are very pleased to kick
off this initiative and more importantly to provide our youth the
opportunity to learn firsthand about the great works and wisdom that will
forever be part of our lives and our community through Dr. Angelou,” said
Dr. Kathleen Van Antwerp, Program Director of the Sheriff’s Youth
Foundation. “We truly hope that her legacy will inspire the children of
our great county to overcome whatever challenge in life they might face
and see the vast opportunity that our community offers to them,” she
The essay contest supports many of the various youth
programs offered through the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the
Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. “I’m very proud of the great work being done
every day through our youth programs,” said Sheriff John L. Scott. “As a
community, we have an important social responsibility to our children to
guide them on a better path towards a successful future. Dr. Angelou’s
life is an inspiration to all and her great legacy will live in our
hearts always.” 
Youth are invited to submit their essays (maximum 700
words) through June 27, 2014. An evaluation committee comprised of SYF
staff and volunteers will select the three finalists. The essay review
will be based on the impact that the author has personally gained through
reading of the life, words, or wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou. 
The three finalists will each receive an iPad Mini
tablet and their work will be highlighted in the Sheriff’s Youth
Foundation website. 
For more information please visit: 
Sergeant A.J. Rotella, Executive Director 
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 
Office of the Sheriff / Sheriff's Youth
4700 Ramona Boulevard - 4th Floor 
Monterey Park, CA 91754 
(323) 526-5677 office 
(323) 400-5793 cell 
(323) 415-7927 fax 
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