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Apr 10, 2015

Hope Partnership Youth Wins National Student Writing Competition

Think of the things you worry about. What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
        -The YES! Magazine Writing Prompt 

Noah Schultz has been part of the Hope Partnership program at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility for nearly five years and on the Youth Leadership Council for four. He participates in many of the personal and professional development groups the program offers including writing, slam poetry and public speaking and is studying through Oregon State University's online program with a double major in human development and sustainability.

But it was through Portland State University's "Inside Out" program that he entered an essay in the YES! National Student Writing Competition, responding to the writing prompt about the role of worry in his life. Noah’s essay was selected from all college student entries as the winner of the University category and has been published on the YES! Magazine website and in their online education newsletter.

Hope Partnership Project Coordinator Kathleen Fullerton describes how Noah has progressed from being a youth participant to a co-worker and intern, writing curriculum and working diligently to change the paradigm of juvenile justice.

“Noah is a brilliant, driven, funny and wise young man and I'm privileged to have worked with him in our program. I have read many of his works, listened to his poetry, watched him grow, repair harm, and fix his heart on his many goals. I have no doubt he will achieve everything he sets out to do,” said Fullerton.

“He is one of our many young men who is changing, not only his life, but the lives of those around him through diligent commitment to self-improvement and service to others.”

Read Noah's essay "Blessing in Disguise" on the YES! Magazine website.



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