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2023 Youth Essay Contest



Each year, IAC offers youth scholarships to attend the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sixty essay contestants will be awarded a full travel scholarship to attend the 2023 IAC Youth Conference in Las Vegas, December 12th-14th, 2023, and three finalists will be selected as keynote speakers and honored at the IAC Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

All applications are due by 11:59:59 pm PST, Monday, October 23, 2023.



 

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE FARM BILL?

If yes, what do you know, how did you come across this information, would you like to learn more and be involved in decision making? If no, what are your thoughts after reading the provided materials? Would you like to learn more and be involved in decision making?

Utilizing the information you know and the provided resources below about the Farm Bill, choose 3 of the 12 Farm Bill titles outlined in Gaining Ground to expand on in relation to your needs, your family’s needs, community needs, and or the world’s needs.


PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF:

  • How your additions might overlap with future career and education goals.

  • What you think can be done today in preparation for the future generation’s ability to feed themselves utilizing the new Farm Bill?​​​


 

RESOURCES

 

ESSAY GUIDELINES

  1. The 2023 Essay Contest & Conference is open to Native American Youth (either enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe OR descendants living on Indian-owned land) and entering grades 9-12 during the 2023-2024 school-year.

  2. Only one essay submission will be accepted per participant.

  3. There should be no identifiable information within the essay itself. (EX. Name, Tribe, etc.)

  4. The essay should be a minimum of 3 full pages and maximum of 5 full pages (excluding works cited), should be double-spaced with 12-point Arial font, and have 1-inch margins. The essay should be converted to a .pdf file and uploaded on the application portal.

  5. A blinded committee will review eligible essays to select three finalists based on organization of information, spelling and punctuation. The finalists will be keynote speakers and honored at the IAC Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and awarded travel scholarships to attend the 2023 IAC Youth Conference in Las Vegas.

  6. In addition, 60 essay contestants will be awarded a full travel scholarship to attend the 2023 IAC Youth Conference in Las Vegas, December 12th-14th, 2023

  7. A full travel scholarship will offer a chance for the youth recipient and one designated chaperone* to fully participate in the respective 2023 IAC Annual Conference & Youth Meeting Sessions. The travel scholarship includes:

  • The most feasible travel accommodations for 1 youth and 1 chaperone (to be booked by the IAC);

  • Shared hotel accommodations, checking into the Palms Hotel - Las Vegas on Monday, December 11, 2022 and checking out on Friday, December 15, 2023.

  • 2 total per diem gift cards (1 for youth essay contestant and 1 for designated chaperone);

  • Paid registration to fully participate in all 2023 IAC Annual Conference & Youth Conference Sessions.


All applications are due by 11:59:59 pm PST, Tuesday, October 23, 2023.



 

* Designated chaperone must be at least 21 years of age and willing to be responsible for themselves and their youth during the entire event. It is required that the designated chaperone participate fully in IAC Annual Conference and that they ensure their youth participates fully in IAC Youth Conference Programming. The chaperone should be confident in navigating travel, taxis, and hotel check-in. Once travel is booked, the designated chaperone can only be changed at the expense of the youth/chaperone.


** If you have a special learning style that will present a challenge to you in submitting your essay in adherence with the guidelines listed above, please reach out as soon as possible to learn of ways we can accommodate your submission.


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