Want to earn money for your cause and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City? Debating for Democracy (D4D) can help you publicly highlight an issue you care about. You could also be eligible to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the D4D Conference in New York City on March 19 and 20. All you need to do is write a persuasive letter to an elected official and email it to Jennifer Magee (jmagee1) by **Monday, January 26, 2015.** 2015 D4D National Conference Letter Writing Guidelines
Here’s how D4D works:
(1) To participate, groups of students (that is, two or more freshman, sophomore, and/or junior students) should write an original letter to an elected official in the US on any state or federal issue. The letter should be 1,000 words in length (excluding footnotes) -- about one and one-half typed pages, single-spaced.
(2) Submit your letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 26, 2015. A sample letter and more information such as judging criteria, awards, and tips for writing an effective advocacy letter can be found here on our website.
(3) Swarthmore College will select up to four letters to forward to D4D for competition. If D4D selects your letter, the two lead authors of the letter will travel to New York City to participate in D4D’s National Conference at the Eugene Lang College of The New School for Liberal Arts on March 19 and 20 – all expenses paid. A highlight of the conference is the D4D mock legislative hearing in which students present and defend their “letter to an elected official” before a panel of judges that will include current and former elected officials. Questions? Please inquire with Jennifer Magee (jmagee1).
Debating for Democracy (D4D) is an inter-campus program that brings together Pericleans from across the country to discuss issues of social concern. D4D consists of two programs: the D4D National Conference and the D4D on the Road workshops. During the D4D National Conference, student leaders from participating Periclean colleges and universities including Swarthmore College participate in workshops, keynote addresses, and panel discussions that introduce students to experts from the world of civic engagement, education, environment, politics, public policy and social entrepreneurship. D4D on the Road is a one-day training workshop held at Project Pericles campuses, like Swarthmore College, around the country each year. The program is designed to provide novice and seasoned political activists with the tools and tactics they need to get their message across to community leaders, elected officials, the media, and other influential people and organizations.