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IPA launches nationwide youth essay competition for middle & high school students

IPA launches nationwide youth essay competition for middle & high school students
May 15
10:33 2020

Neela Pandya

WASHINGTON, DC: The India Philanthropy Alliance (IPA), a U.S.-based coalition of organizations that aid India, has launched a nationwide youth essay competition for middle and high school students to submit their ideas on how to effectively engage in philanthropy, including philanthropy benefiting India.

“Our hope through this essay competition is that the IPA can both push and amplify the best thinking of Indian-American youth about philanthropy and about what smart giving can do for India,” said Deepak Raj, Chairman of IPA.

Up to ten finalist essays by middle and high school students will be selected by a panel of philanthropy experts, and will be published on the Internet. For middle school students, the essay length is 600 words or fewer, and for high school students, the limit is 1,200 words. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2020.

The authors of the best essay in each cohort will be invited to the Indiaspora Philanthropy Summit, tentatively scheduled for the fall, to present their award-winning ideas. They also will be able to direct at least $1,000 to a nonprofit of their choice.

‚ÄúWith the current public health and humanitarian crisis, the stakes have never been higher,‚ÄĚ said Sanjeev Joshipura, Executive Director of Indiaspora, a member organization of IPA. ‚ÄúWith so many students learning at home, this is an opportunity for parents to perhaps encourage their children to think about how best to help the less fortunate.‚ÄĚ

The pilot is made possible with generous support from the Sarva Mangal Family Trust, supported by the Shah Family of Orange County and their company MS International, Inc. They are also advising and assisting in the process.

The essay competition is one of the multiple initiatives of the IPA to grow the culture of philanthropy among the diaspora in the United States.

The IPA also announced what each of its organizations is doing to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and meet a critical needs. Responses include providing essential knowledge, protecting communities and frontline workers, ensuring education for school-age children, fighting hunger, supporting and collaborating with the government to meet critical health needs, aiding affected populations, training health care professionals, and continuing to operate programs or preparing to re-launch those on hold.

The twelve member organizations of the IPA include Akanksha Education Fund, American India Foundation, Arogya World, CRY America, Ekal USA, Foundation for Excellence (FFE), Indiaspora, Magic Bus USA, Pratham USA, Project ECHO, VisionSpring and WISH Foundation

IPA is a coalition of nonprofit, philanthropic, and charitable organizations that mobilize people and funding in the United States (and elsewhere) for development and poverty-reduction programs in India.

For additional information on the background and essay guidelines of the youth essay competition, please visit here.  For any questions, please reach out to Alex Counts, the Senior Adviser at India Philanthropy Alliance at [email protected].

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