Student Voices Contest

The Student Voices Contest, founded in 1996 by then ICHV Board Member Bob Williamson, was created to give Illinois youth an opportunity for creative self-expression on the topic of gun violence, as well as to provide a public platform for youth voices to be heard. A state-wide essay, poetry, spoken word, and art contest open to students in 1st – 12th grade, the Student Voices Contest solicits entries from youth all over Illinois and shares their statements with members, stakeholders, community leaders, and legislators to ensure that youth have a voice on this devastating issue. All entries are processed through two extensive rounds of judging from which winners are selected. Blue Ribbon Winners receive an iPad for themselves and a $100 gift certificate for their classroom teacher as prizes. Student winners share their winning works at an annual awards assembly hosted by ICHV, as well as at awards presentations in their own school and various ICHV events throughout the year.
For more information and to submit an entry, download the 2018-2019 Student Voices Contest packet today! Deadline March 4, 2019.

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior. For 40 years, ICHV has been a leader among state gun violence prevention groups.


222 S. Morgan Street
Suite 4A
Chicago, Illinois 60607

p) 312. 243. ICHV (4248)
f) 312. 243. 4258

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