Letters to an Elected Official Competition Guidelines
Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ is a distinctive campus-based co-curricular program that represents the mission of Project Pericles (www.projectpericles.org) in action. On each campus, students research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on current public policy issues. The primary goal of D4D is to inspire and encourage all participants to become successful and resourceful advocates in their community. To encourage students to write to their elected officials, Project Pericles is requesting an original letter to an elected official from teams (two or more students) at Periclean colleges -- like Swarthmore College -- and universities. Five of these letters from five different colleges will be selected by a panel of judges as the winners of the 2016 D4D competition.
In order to be eligible to participate in the Letters to an Elected Official Competition, a student must a) be a full-time undergraduate at a Periclean campus; b) be a freshman, sophomore, or junior as defined by their college or university; c) write and mail a letter to an elected official, and d) provide a project proposal. Students selected to participate in the competition must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior during the Spring 2016 semester and be returning to their campus for the 2016-17 year.
Students must submit their letter and project proposal to their Project Pericles Program Director, Prof. Ben Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday, March 13, 2016, 11:59 PM. The Program Director will review each submission and select the four strongest letters and project proposals to forward to Project Pericles. All letters should be mailed by the students to the appropriate elected official by March 18, 2016. A committee consisting of people with significant experience in public policy will review the submitted letters and project proposals using the criteria. Based on this review, Project Pericles staff will select the five winning teams and announce the five winning teams in April 2016.
This year we are asking students to share a project proposal along with their letters. The evaluation of each letter and project proposal will rest on the students’ success at conducting high quality policy analysis and research; clarity of presentation; and adherence to the rules detailed on pages 3-4. The five packages that do the best job of meeting the following criteria will be selected as finalists and win $500 awards to move their issue forward.