The students offer advice to quell youth violence or share personal narratives. After several rounds of read-throughs - all done by local volunteers - the middle school authors of the top essays from across the nation win an all-expenses trip to Washington D.C. The winner’s writing will be added to the Library of Congress. However, to get to decide a winner, thousands of essays need to be read. In our partnership with Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County was able to support The Do the Write Thing Challenge. UWABC was integral in making calls for volunteers, and many staff members signed up for several volunteer shifts!
By emphasizing personal responsibility, the DTWT program also educates all involved about the causes of youth violence. Local community groups promote the program at the grassroots level so that teachers, school administrators, parents, coaches, and young people can bring youth violence into the open, where it can be examined, talked about, and dealt with in a constructive way.