Annual Outstanding Prolife Youth Award
The Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund annually awards a $500 scholarship in March to one outstanding prolife high school senior in Michigan. Selection criteria include an essay and past participation in prolife activities. Award candidates are nominated by their local RLM affiliates, please contact them for more information and to get involved.
2017 Youth Award
The deadline for 2017 affiliate nominees will be in the spring. The winner will be selected by a state committee and announced shortly thereafter.
2016 Youth Award Winner - Dillon Stevenson, Washtenaw County Right to Life
What can this next generation do to promote a positive prolife message?
My name is Dillon Stevenson. I am an 18-year-old senior at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As the senior advisor of the prolife group at my school, my goal is to promote a positive prolife message. In my generation, knowledge is power. Many young adults are just not informed of the horror that is abortion. Since my generation is technology based, I came up with the idea of starting a prolife blog for young adults.
My blog will be informative, innovative, and factual. Many people of all views will be drawn into reading it. For many pro-choice people, the prolife message has left a bad taste in their mouths. My goal is break down those boundaries and reach their hearts. I am a firm believer in not using graphic images in the prolife movement. Please don't misunderstand, these can be very effective tools in some instances. However, the images can make people extremely heated and shut down. My goal is to create a warm environment for all beliefs and views on abortion. Many people have enormous walls surrounding their abortion views, which can be a very delicate process in removing. If not done correct, these walls will only get higher. This is why I believe a blog would be a very helpful tool.
A blog can be helpful because, it can offer a non-confrontational way to present the truth on abortion. Having a forum that is welcoming to any view on abortion can make people feel accepted and open to hear the opposing sides. My blog can give people daily updates and information on abortion. It will only be factual and not opinionative. Giving the facts about abortion can possibly make those of a pro-abortion mindset think. It could plant a seed in their minds and maybe blossom to the truth. I am hoping to have this blog up by the summer. It will show the truth, and help protect my baby brothers and sisters. I will not stop until there is liberty and justice, not just for some, but for all.
Honorable Mention - Emily Burgess, Grand Traverse Area Right to Life
From Emily's essay: "Every positive effort to support life is valuable. Each thoughtful action that combats the pro-choice concept brings society closer to a renewed culture of life. Bold actions speak louder than words. With confidence and conviction the next prolife generation can wage the war against the 'culture of death.'"
Honorable Mention - Bridget Duba, Grand Rapids Right to Life
From Bridget's essay: "For instance, my own Students for Life club, of which I am a Co-President, works hard to stay active on multiple social media platforms, as we know that this is the easiest and most effective way to reach students … I feel that more engaging campaigning, such as holding open debates or Q&A nights, is better able to attract students of both the prolife and the pro-abortion persuasion, and therefore can more easily spread the truth to those we must persuade."
Honorable Mention - Maria Tizedes, Upper Downriver Right to Life
From Maria's essay: "By owning our beliefs we can better motivate ourselves and others to stand up for life. By sporting prolife t-shirts we give people a glimpse of our ideas, captivating them to investigate further. By passionately embracing pregnancy and adoption centers we witness to the miracle of motherhood and the sanctity of all life. Yes my generation is ready!"