NSLI-Y 15th Anniversary Storytelling Competition

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the NSLI-Y program is holding a NSLI-Y Storytelling Competition!

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The NSLI-Y Storytelling Competition is a chance to highlight the transformative experience that the NSLI-Y program provides for youth. We hope this competition will encourage more youth to apply to the NSLI-Y program when they learn about how the language learning, cultural exchange, and global ambassadorship offered by the NSLI-Y program has changed young people’s lives for the past 15 years.

Story Prompt and Guidelines

NSLI-Y Alumni, please submit your entry to the NSLI-Y Storytelling Contest by September 17. Choose from one of the following prompts:

  • Tell a story about a moment when you knew you could make a difference in the global community.
  • Tell a story about a moment or an interaction you had with someone that impacted your thinking, or worldview.
  • Tell a story about a moment when you learned something new about yourself.
  • Tell a story about an interaction when you felt really great about your language skills, and knew you wanted more connections like that?

Submissions can be submitted in one of or a combination of the following formats:

  • Personal essays, poems, and other written mediums. Word limit: 2,000. Photographs can be included.
  • Videos. 5-minute limit.

Submissions should highlight unique NSLI-Y perspectives, showcase personal transformative experiences, and display creativity.

Submission Due Date: October 11, 2021

Winners Announced:
November 2021

Winners will receive NSLI-Y merchandise and have the chance to attend a creative storytelling workshop in early 2022 (exact date TBD)!

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