WS YOU 177 Listen to a Life Story Contest
Everyone has a story – all you have to do is listen. And when young and old come together to talk and listen, they can change each other's lives, their community, and even the world.
In partnership with the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library and the Stouffville Sun-Tribune, the Legacy Project's Listen to a Life Story Contest is a part of WS YOU 177 One Town, One Book.
Last year's local student winner, 13-year-old Dylan Tan interviewed 83-year-old Jean Thomas (seen in photo above.) Click here to read Dylan's winning story and a selection of other great stories that were submitted.
We're still accepting entries for this year's contest. Click here for the online entry form.
Winners will be announced by May 10, 2017. Students in Whitchurch-Stouffville are eligible to win a special WS local prize of a $250 gift card from a major electronics retailer courtesy of Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence.
WS YOU 177 is a whole-community initiative that connects generations in meaningful new ways. For the contest, a young person 8-18 years interviews a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older about their life and writes a 300-word story.
The judging committee isn't looking for the person's whole life story (which is impossible to do in 300 words), but one story that captures a theme, moment, or experience that's important in the older person's life.
One entry per team (i.e. young person and grandparent or grandfriend). Entries must be 300 words or less, be a true story about an older person's life, and will be judged by a committee based on the following criteria: 1/3 writing quality, including creative presentation; 1/3 content depth and evocativeness; 1/3 appropriateness to theme, particularly the ability to capture a timeless idea, insight, or theme (big or small) based on real-life experience.
Click here for the online entry form.
Questions? Call (905) 852-3777.
Keep up-to-date on everything happening with WS YOU 177 – follow us on Twitter and sign up
for the Legacy Project e-newsletter.