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 Winner - Eva Marie Solak, Gaylord Right to Life
What can this next generation do to promote a positive prolife message?
The young are powerful and have strong voices. We have been born into a world that has little love or respect for life. It is our duty to rescue it and cultivate love and respect.
My peers desperately need to be educated on the layers of abortion, so they know what is true, are bold enough to speak up, and are not swayed. The young prolife are called to reveal this truth, and awaken in others a passion for defending life.
The prolife leaders of my generation need to go into schools to teach students about the intrinsic personhood of the unborn child, and of all human beings. I have created a pro life curriculum, a series of interactive presentations designed to teach and engage middle school and high school students. It is vital for people to be well versed with the truth about fetal development, abortion procedures, the laws on abortion, abortion statistics, the prolife/pro-abortion debate, euthanasia, and other life issues. My generation needs to bring this truth to our peers. It is not enough to be nominally pro life when it is necessary to be actively prolife. Educating in truth ignites the transformation necessary to cultivate respect for life.
Each person has gifts that need to be used to cultivate a culture of life. It is high time we raise the bar, challenge each other to use those gifts fervently, and make visible change. By rising to the occasion, we can work together in various ways to defend incredible human beings, worthy of love and respect. We need to renew action within ourselves, within youth, and within our society.
Prolife youth: your gifts are needed, your niche is waiting for you. If you are an artist, send your artwork ideas to Right to Life. If you can write, use your words to give the voiceless a voice. Write a column for your school newspaper. If you can speak, debate with your friends. Speak to schools, go into classrooms. Athletes, you can do awareness fundraisers at your sporting events. Whatever your gift is, use it. It has been given to you for a reason and you have an untapped potential for greatness.
Each of us are blessed to be living and breathing. Let’s do something powerful, for someone else, with the life we have been given.
Runner-up - Alayna Knarian, Huron County Right to Life
From Alayna's essay: "Because the unborn cannot voice their own opinions, pro-life citizens across the nation must be voices on their behalf. As technology and transportation evolve and advance, the opportunities to spread out pro-life message grow as well. Out generation can attend the annual March for Life in Washington D.C., we can spread the word about the barbarity of abortion through social media, and we can encourage and endorse pro-life alternatives to abortion . . . We have more opportunities than any generation before us, and we must utilize them to have our voices heard."
Honorable Mention - Michael Bursch, Caledonia-Middleville Right to Life
From Michael's essay: "Spreading the pro-life message starts with the youth. Students for Life groups at high schools and colleges are a necessity. Today’s youth are going to be tomorrow’s adults; they need to be fully convinced of the pro-life message. They will be the ones holding office, presiding over courts, and voting in elections. The good news is that this generation is the most pro-life generation yet."
Honorable Mention - Mariah Haskell, Grand Rapids Right to Life
From Mariah's essay: "I believe that we can use the gift of our lives to help stop the genocide of abortion in our nation . . . The personal encounter we can make with each person is powerful and our loving support of life can make a big difference when someone is in despair. People need to know that being prolife is normal and loving."