Dear students, educators, and parents,
The Gülen Institute Youth Platform Committee are happy to announce the results of the Gulen Youth Platform 2013.
We appreciate all the hard work received in your essays from every corner of the world.
We have received over 500 essays from 40 countries and 30 states within the U.S. On behalf of Gulen Institute Youth Platform, we are eager to listen to the opinions of young minds and promote their voices to be heard. Students’ contributions are highly valuable for making the world a better place to live.
We encourage you to participate in our upcoming essay contest. Topic and rules will be announced during the month of September, 2013.
We also greatly appreciate the Youth Platform Chair Professor Tom Gage and Youth Platform Coordinator Ms. Michelle Wheatley for their time, effort, and leadership. Without their support, this event would not have been a success.
Thank you all for your participation, dedication and efforts!
Gulen Institute Youth Platform Committee
Youth Platform Awards Ceremony 2013
This year's Youth Platform Awards Ceremony was a huge success; thank you to all of the students, parents, and teachers who participated. Thirty finalists from around the world gathered in Washington, DC to discuss their essays and participate in the Gulen Institute's Award Ceremony. The trip began at George Mason University, where Dr. Tom Gage, co-chair of the youth platform, led the students in a discussion of this year's prompt: "Hospitality in the Global Village." Students presented their essays to their academic peers, and together they discussed the complexities of immigration and identity politics. We at the Gulen Institute were inspired by the students' thoughtfulness and openness toward each other; even while they were visiting the monuments and museums of DC,they continued sharing their ideas and experiences. We hope that they left DC with a new appreciation of the thoughts and opinions of their peers from around the world, as well as confidence in their own ability to engage with issues of political importance.
George Abraham from Florida took first place for his essay: "Immigration and the Artistic Sense of Cultural Identity". Gawoon Shim from South Korea received second place for his essay: "Hosts and Guests: We Must Learn to Live Along". And Vaishnavi Rao from California won third prize for her essay: "The Immigration Challenge: The Role of the Indian Government in the Future of Assam".
We congratulate all contest participants, their parents, and their educators and wish them the best in their future academic endeavors.
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