Prolife Youth Award

Annual Outstanding Prolife Youth Award

The Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund annually awards a $500 scholarship in March to one outstanding prolife high school senior in Michigan. Selection criteria include an essay and past participation in prolife activities. Award candidates are nominated by their local RLM affiliates, please contact them for more information and to get involved.

2017 Youth Award

The deadline for 2017 affiliate nominees will be in the spring. The winner will be selected by a state committee and announced shortly thereafter.

2016 Youth Award Winner - Dillon Stevenson, Washtenaw County Right to Life

Dillon StevensonDillon has been an exceptional prolife leader throughout high school. He served as the senior advisor for his high school Students for Life group, where he helped organize a fundraiser to purchase an ultrasound machine for a local crisis pregnancy center. He also helped organize a diaper drive and an apologetics event for students. He has attended the March for Life numerous times and also helped his affiliate plan their bus trip. Even in middle school he organized a prolife day for those who couldn't attend the March for Life. He has worked the Right to Life of Michigan booth at the Metro Detroit Youth Day and has attended many of Washtenaw County Right to Life's events and programs. He plans on attending Oakland Community College.

What can this next generation do to promote a positive prolife message?

My name is Dillon Stevenson. I am an 18-year-old senior at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As the senior advisor of the prolife group at my school, my goal is to promote a positive prolife message. In my generation, knowledge is power. Many young adults are just not informed of the horror that is abortion. Since my generation is technology based, I came up with the idea of starting a prolife blog for young adults.

My blog will be informative, innovative, and factual. Many people of all views will be drawn into reading it. For many pro-choice people, the prolife message has left a bad taste in their mouths. My goal is break down those boundaries and reach their hearts. I am a firm believer in not using graphic images in the prolife movement. Please don't misunderstand, these can be very effective tools in some instances. However, the images can make people extremely heated and shut down. My goal is to create a warm environment for all beliefs and views on abortion. Many people have enormous walls surrounding their abortion views, which can be a very delicate process in removing. If not done correct, these walls will only get higher. This is why I believe a blog would be a very helpful tool.

A blog can be helpful because, it can offer a non-confrontational way to present the truth on abortion. Having a forum that is welcoming to any view on abortion can make people feel accepted and open to hear the opposing sides. My blog can give people daily updates and information on abortion. It will only be factual and not opinionative. Giving the facts about abortion can possibly make those of a pro-abortion mindset think. It could plant a seed in their minds and maybe blossom to the truth. I am hoping to have this blog up by the summer. It will show the truth, and help protect my baby brothers and sisters. I will not stop until there is liberty and justice, not just for some, but for all.

Honorable Mention - Emily Burgess, Grand Traverse Area Right to Life

Emily BurgessEmily has been involved in the prolife movement for many years. She has been involved with her high school's Students for Life group and was president of it this past year. She has attended Grand Traverse Area Right to Life's dinners and even spoke at one dinner about the work of Grand Traverse Area Students for Life. She competed in the Grand Traverse Area Oratory Contest and volunteered for a baby drive at Grand Traverse Area Right to Life. She attended the March for Life and has prayed in front of Planned Parenthood. She plans on attending Grand Valley State University.

From Emily's essay: "Every positive effort to support life is valuable. Each thoughtful action that combats the pro-choice concept brings society closer to a renewed culture of life. Bold actions speak louder than words. With confidence and conviction the next prolife generation can wage the war against the 'culture of death.'"

Honorable Mention - Bridget Duba, Grand Rapids Right to Life

Bridget DubaBridget is a dedicated prolife volunteer with Grand Rapids Right to Life. She has volunteered at their dinners and events as well as worked with them to improve her high school's student group. She was co-president of her high school's Students for Life group this year. Through her group she has volunteered at a local crisis pregnancy center, planned their annual March for Life trip, prayed outside the abortion clinic, and numerous other activities. She has attended the March for Life multiple times as well. She plans on attending the University of Kentucky.

From Bridget's essay: "For instance, my own Students for Life club, of which I am a Co-President, works hard to stay active on multiple social media platforms, as we know that this is the easiest and most effective way to reach students … I feel that more engaging campaigning, such as holding open debates or Q&A nights, is better able to attract students of both the prolife and the pro-abortion persuasion, and therefore can more easily spread the truth to those we must persuade."

Honorable Mention - Maria Tizedes, Upper Downriver Right to Life

Maria TizedesMaria has been an active volunteer in the prolife movement for years. She has participated in Right to Life of Michigan's oratory contest multiple times and even advanced to the national competitio. She also helped build a parade float and attended dinners for Downriver Right to Life and Monroe County Right to Life. She has prayed at abortion clinics, participated in Life Walks, and attended the March for Life. Maria plans on attending Franciscan University of Steubenville.

From Maria's essay: "By owning our beliefs we can better motivate ourselves and others to stand up for life. By sporting prolife t-shirts we give people a glimpse of our ideas, captivating them to investigate further. By passionately embracing pregnancy and adoption centers we witness to the miracle of motherhood and the sanctity of all life. Yes my generation is ready!"

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