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A Youth Competition

2020 theme 

Remembering the life of Osaze Osagie. "How can we heal as a community?"

Who is Osaze? Cited from Centre Foundation

Osaze Osagie was a soft-spoken and personable young man. He loved music, reading his bible and attending church at State College Assembly of God and State College Access Church. Osaze was a student in State College Area School District and later Penn State. He was able to use his skills to work and volunteer with various organizations in the community despite living with mental health challenges and autism. (Read more)


Strategies for Justice has committed $150 for this contest and is currently accepting business and personal contributions to increase the award for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. 

The purpose of this competition is to allow young students in grades 7-12 to speak their peace/piece and have their voices heard.  Our young people are often bystanders and their voices silenced although they bear witness to events unfolding around them.

A committee will review submissions and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Selected winners will be asked to recite their work at the Osaze celebration (Date to be announced) and all submissions may be highlighted at other upcoming events throughout the year. A confirmation will be emailed to winners and all entrants are invited to the celebration.


Participants can submit a poem, speech or spoken word piece answering the question, What is Justice?.  In their artistic form, they should address what justice might look like in our community.  Students can explore the historical and philosophical contexts and incorporate various strategies for justice. 

  • Complete the submission form below by August 5, 2020, by 5 pm.

  • Submissions may be written essays, poems, or video/audio spoken words.

  • Audio or video files not to exceed 5 minutes.

  • Written submissions should not exceed 500 words

  • No profanity.

  • Limit one submission per person.

Winners will be notified by email.

Submission Deadline has passed

Parents information

You will need a parent or guardian permission in order to be eligible for participation. Please share this information with your parents prior to submissions. Permission notification will be sent to parents and entries can not be considered without a signed parent/guardian permission form.

By checking this box, means you have disclosed to your parent or guardian you intend to enter this contest.

Parent/Guardian Permission

Participant's information

Reminder: Written material no longer than 500 words and audio/video, no longer than 5 minutes

If you are submitting a video, use a platform like Youtube, TikTok, etc, and share the link below. 

Copy and paste your text here or upload it below!

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Corporate sponsorship is being sought by matching contributions. Individual donations are also welcome. Excess contributions over $150 will be applied to the Osaze Osagie Memorial Scholarship endowment with Centre Foundation benefitting State College Area School District college bound students. For additional scholarship details:

Thank you for your support of activism and agency in our community.  

Terry Watson

Founder, Strategies for Justice (SFJ)

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