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Do the Write Thing Challenge

The “Do the Write Thing” Challenge Program (DtWT) is a unique education program designed to give middle school students an outlet to communicate in classroom discussions and written form how violence impacts their daily lives.

In addition to exposing the causes and impact of violence, students are asked to identify what they will do to address these problems. By emphasizing personal responsibility, the Challenge ultimately seeks to empower young people to reduce violence in their communities.  Recognized by educators, juvenile courts and police forces as a valuable program, the "Challenge" works with students in more than 30 communities.  Since its inception, it is estimated that nearly 1.6 million students have participated in the “Do the Write Thing” Challenge. More than 675,000 of these students have accepted the “Challenge” by making a written personal commitment not to engage in violence and by preparing writings on the causes of and solutions to youth violence. Their words have motivated thousands of adults across the country to volunteer their services to the program. 


“Do the Write Thing” Challenge Finalists with NCSV Chairman Dan Callister, presenting the official book of DtWT student writings to the Library of Congress and former Deputy Librarian, General Donald Scott

DtWT Finalists

DtWT Finalists with actor/comedian Tommy Davidson at their National Recognition Gala