Welcoming Week: Teen Blog Competition

Last updated: March 22, 2023, at 4:58 a.m. PT

Originally published: September 1, 2020, at 1:07 p.m. PT

teen blog competition

As part of the Y’s Virtual Welcoming Week, we are calling on all creative and forward-thinking teens to participate in our first ever Teen Blog Competition. All youth ages 13-19 are invited to submit their entries. Teens have three topics to choose to write about. The winning blog post for each topic will be shared on our website and receive a gift card to Target to help with any supplies the winner may need to start the school year off strong. Below you will find the guidelines: 

Choose Your Topic 

  • What does community mean to you?
  • Why is it important to have the right to vote?
  • What is your experience living in the US?

How to Submit

  • Entries should be submitted to teenblog@seattleymca.org by Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00pm (Pacific Time)
  • One entry per person
  • Entries must be between 500-750 words
  • Entries must include name and age

Selection of Winner

Entries will be judged by a panel of judges from the YMCA of Greater Seattle. The panel will judge all valid entries submitted against the following criteria to select a winner per topic. The judging criteria are:

  • Organization and structure
  • Support and development of ideas
  • Insight into topic
  • Originality and unique voice

Winners will be notified via email on Friday, September 18

We can’t wait to hear youth voices around these topics. Check out this site for some tips and tricks for a successful blog. For questions, please email: teenblog@seattleymca.org.

Rules and Regulations 

  • Entries may not contain offensive or vulgar language.
  • Entrants retain ownership of their entries and will be fully credited for their work but grant to YMCA of Greater Seattle a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, royalty-free license to display, publish, transmit, copy, edit and use the entry in any media, in whole or in part, in any way YGS sees fit, including, but not limited to, for publishing on ymcaseattle.org, without compensation to the entrant. The YMCA may edit copy where YGS deems necessary.
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle is not responsible for (i) any incorrect or inaccurate information used in connection with the competition; or (ii) failures or errors which may occur in the administration of the competition.