A Letter Worth Three Thousand Bucks

Writing letters is a lost art. But would you go through the trouble of reviving it if you knew your letter to an elected official could be worth $3,000? Thought so.

Passionate about a current public policy issue and want your elected officials to know and do something about it? Project Pericles invites Pace students to participate in an opportunity to research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on a current public policy issue. Student groups with the best letters (based on quality of research, analysis, and presentation) will compete both campus-wide and nationwide and be invited to attend the 2013 Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference at The New School in NYC on March 21 and 22.

Project Pericles Inc. will provide a $3,000 award to the students at the college that submits the best letter to an elected official as determined by a panel of former elected officials during the legislative hearing. The four semi-finalist teams will each received a $500 award. The deadline to submit your letter is February 1, 2013.

The conference will consist of workshops, keynote addresses, and panel discussions that will introduce students to experts from the world of civic engagement, education, environment, politics, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. For more information, see the attached guidelines.

If you have any further questions, please contact Heather Novak (PLV) at (914) 773-3464 or Daniel Botting (NYC) at (212) 346-1791.