Community Relations Commission kicks-off third essay contest

Calling all students in grades 7-12! The Community Relations Commission is once again kicking off its annual essay contest.

This essay contest is designed to challenge the City’s future leaders to rethink what it takes to build a community where every neighbor can live, work, and learn to their fullest potential. This year’s prompt encourages students to imagine how to create communities that are safe and welcoming for everyone.

Any student in grades 7-12 who lives in Goshen is eligible to participate. The contest will be divided into two age groups, 7-8 grade and 9-12 grade. First, second, and third place will be awarded cash prizes during the March 25th City Council meeting. The first-place winner from each group will also have the opportunity to present their essays at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s Founder’s Day Celebration.

Students interested should answer the following prompt:

Imagine you are a member of a group working to make your community safe and welcoming for everyone. Write an essay that explores at least three of the following:

  1. What does it mean for a community to be safe and welcoming for all? Describe the important things that make people feel safe in their community.
  2. Share a story about a time when you or someone you know didn’t feel safe in your neighborhood or community. Explain why they felt that way and what could be done to make things better.
  3. Think of three ideas or actions that this group could do to make your community safer and more welcoming for everyone. Describe these ideas and why they are important.
  4. Talk about any challenges the group might face when trying to create a safer community. How do you think these challenges can be overcome?
  5. What do you think people who live in the community can do to help make it safe and welcoming for everyone? Share your thoughts on what individuals can do to support the group’s efforts.

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on March 1, 2024. To submit your essay and for more information, visit