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National Awareness MonthAWARENESS MONTH NOMINATION: What issue or cause should receive its own "awareness" month?

  • "There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.” -Winston Churchill
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mohatma Ghandi
    Details:  We saw NFL players wearing pink throughout October in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  We will pay tribute to the role of African-Americans throughout February during Black History month.  Now think about the topics on which you're passionate, and share your thoughts on a single issue or cause that should receive its own awareness month.

    In the essay, we asked teens to include:

    • Is this a local, regional, national, international or planetary issue?
    • Why is this issue important?
    • Who does the issue impact?
    • How could the message be spread?
    • Are there any organizations, companies or blogs currently trying to make a difference to increase awareness on this issue?


    Immediately below, you'll find links to the StageofLife.com winning essay and our semi-finalists from people from every stage of life about awareness. Essays were submitted directly to StageofLife.com during it's site-wide November/December 2011 writing contest.  Please take a few moments to read an essay or two.  If you have the time, make a comment on the responses you enjoyed the most.  We know the writers will love hearing your positive input (they'll get an email notifying them if you comment on their contest entry).

    Winner:

    Runners Up:

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Realizing Time by Guerillafilth (“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional”)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Increasing Awesome by Papples (Stage of Life should feature “awesome” news stories from around the world)

    ALL Finalists:

    Teen Finalists:

    1.       Awareness Month Nomination: The Silent Killer Reigns No More by Mildstart (Ovarian Cancer is often too far developed by the time it is diagnosed)

    2.       Awareness Month Nomination: Down Syndrome Awareness Month by bright_eyes_97 (People with Down Syndrome are “more alike than different”)

    3.       Awareness Month Nomination: CMT Awareness Month: The Beginning of the End by Smilin’AlltheWay (CMT is a subset of Muscular Dystrophy)

    4.       Awareness Month Nomination: Not JUST Breast Cancer by kelseymariehammond13 (All cancers matter)

    5.       Awareness Month Nomination: Psychiatric Help is Not a Bad Thing by twinkleye (We need to remove the stigma attached to psychiatric treatments)

    6.       Awareness Month Nomination: Wanting to Love Your Body by haleyw248 (Her friend suffers from bulimia)

    7.       Awareness Month Nomination: Eating Disorders Can Be Prevented by ahardcastle (70 million people worldwide suffer from eating disorders)

    8.       Awareness Month Nomination: Invisible Illnesses by formysilence (There is an awful stigma surrounding mental illness)

    9.       Awareness Month Nomination: Depression by bigred7 (54% of the population believes that depression is a personal weakness)

    10.       Awareness Month Nomination: Healthy living possible for… everyone? by wu.nilson (Healthy living may not be possible for all people, especially those without the proper resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle)

    11.       Awareness Month Nomination: I’m A Boy by KWalker (This teen struggles with depression because his mom won’t accept that he is a male)

    12.       Awareness Month Nomination: The Right to Show a Smile by writer123 (Women are still second-class citizens in Saudi Arabia)

    13.       Awareness Month Nomination: The Power of Women by ciaobella14 (Women are not a lesser sex)

    14.       Awareness Month Nomination: Unite to Stop Sexism by Mzelinger (Women still have a long way to go in terms of rights)

    15.       Awareness Month Nomination: Far, Far Away by mynameislynn (We need to help educate children in Africa, and stop human trafficking)

    16.       Awareness Month Nomination: Annually Acknowledging Daily Issues by amanda.tucker (Awareness months don’t accomplish anything)

    17.       Awareness Month Nomination: Caring and Kindness by xoLynnnieC (She started an organization called H.O.P.E.)

    18.       Awareness Month Nomination: Focus On What Matters by athai716 (We need to end procrastination)

    19.       Awareness Month Nomination: Censorship’s Insufficiency by nimrgo (Our government is threatening the Internet with the Stop Online Piracy Act)

    20.       Awareness Month Nomination: Providing a Helping Hand by edavidoff (Prosthetics are important to give to those who need it)

    21.       Awareness Month Nomination: Beautiful, Inside and Out by YellowMelon ;) (Beauty does not depend on a person’s looks)

    22.       Awareness Month Nomination: Texting and Driving Can and Should Be Stopped by abby_volleyball (5,800 deaths occur each year because of texting and driving)

    23.       Awareness Month Nomination: Increasing Awesome by Papples (Stage of Life should feature “awesome” news stories from around the world)

    24.       Awareness Month Nomination: Be Forever Young by jmicoleta (Take time to enjoy being a teen)

    25.       Awareness Month Nomination: No More Tears by horselover (A letter to her friend turned bully)

    26.       Awareness Month Nomination: Animal Testing by ImAStarkidGirl (Of 3 million animals tested on around the world, 2.5 million of them are tested in America)

    27.       Awareness Month Nomination: Wildlife Conservation by ersc13 (Prevent the destruction of endangered animals)

    28.       Awareness Month Nomination: Near-Extinction Needs More Protection by ClaudiaR94 (“Life on earth is limited.”)

    29.       Awareness Month Nomination: Teen Suicide Can Be Prevented Just By You by Shamira.McC (Suicide is entirely possible to prevent, but no one likes to talk about it)

    30.      Awareness Month Nomination: Don’t Let Another One Die From Suicide by NCpollyCA (Suicide prevention deserves an entire year, let alone one month)

    31.      Awareness Month Nomination: I Was Tortured By a Drunken Chimpanzee and the Teeny Bop Queens: My Time Spent Lonely by Quirky Eyes (She was bullied in school; and her father was a violent alcoholic)

    32.      Awareness Month Nomination: Speak Up by QuincyBulin (Speak up when you think something is wrong; or sit with the “weird” kid—make a difference)

    33.      Awareness Month Nomination: Ridding the World of Rape by JayCee17 (Rape is a painful and traumatic experience)

    34.      Awareness Month Nomination: Save Spaceship Earth by jerrylin1217 (We need to be more environmentally friendly to help protect the earth)

    35.      Awareness Month Nomination: Go Green to Save the Future by notomorrow (Global warming is not a hoax)

    36.      Awareness Month Nomination: Life Outside of the Outlet by lizziefulton04 (Energy consumption awareness; spend less time in front of the TV and more time with loved ones)

    37.      Awareness Month Nomination: The Simple Act of Volunteering by magda (Volunteers provide support and guidance for those in need)

    38.      Awareness Month Nomination: High School Completion by flippy997 (One-third of high school students do not graduate)

    39.      Awareness Month Nomination: Ignorance is Not Bliss by dreamingforpeace (Eradicate illiteracy)

    40.      Awareness Month Nomination: The Effects of Dirty Drinking Water by kbor1501 (Many children die from unsafe drinking water)

    On My Own Finalists: 

    1.      Awareness Month Nomination: Realizing Time by Guerillafilth (“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional”)

    2.      Awareness Month Nomination: Give Them Back Their Voices by Writer Selbe (We need a month to remember the victims of “bullycide”)

    Homeowner Finalists:

    1.      Awareness Month Nomination: The Homeless by REENA (We need to better show the homeless that we care, and are willing to help)

    Parent Finalists:

    1.      Awareness Nomination Month: Autoimmune Disease by Deb Claxton (Although there is more awareness for cancer, more people are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases—and yet there is hardly any awareness for them)

    Empty Nest/Retirement Finalists:

    1.      Awareness Month Nomination: Little Things Make a Profound Difference by momaloft


    Featured Awareness of the Month Essays...

    Immediately below, you'll find links to the StageofLife.com hundreds of other personal essays from people from every stage of life about awareness categorized. Essays were submitted directly to StageofLife.com during it's site-wide November/December 2011 writing contest.  Please take a few moments to read an essay or two.  If you have the time, make a comment on the responses you enjoyed the most.  We know the writers will love hearing your positive input (they'll get an email notifying them if you comment on their contest entry).


    Health Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Pancreatic Cancer by destiny (She lost her father to pancreatic cancer)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: High School Drug Awareness by Wilken95 (Too many students use drugs and alcohol, so it is important to spread the truth about drug use)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Yes, there is hunger in America by vumb88 (Why is there hunger in a country full of excess food?)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: The Key to AIDS Prevention is Education by cgilchrest2 (Though AIDS education, AIDS can be prevented
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Education + Awareness = Prevention by Asia Scott (Even though people are being more education on HIV, more needs to be done)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Grant Hailey’s Wish by nestoner212 (Spread awareness for mitochondrial diseases)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Be Aware for Cancer: It’s everywhere by elisenolet20 (All cancers should be recognized)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: The Silent Killer Reigns No More by Mildstart (Ovarian Cancer is often too far developed by the time it is diagnosed)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Save the Next Life by melissa.sawyer30 (Heart Disease kills someone every 30 seconds)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Leukemia’s Time to Change by jess.ojala (Her uncle was diagnosed with Leukemia)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Epilepsy by Swagg Master (Both this teen and his father suffer from seizures)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: A Family, a Disease, and a Single Wish by teampeeta4ever (This teen lost her grandmother to colon cancer)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: Imposter Syndrome by riserthinking (This mental illness dictates a person’s attitude and behavior)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Down Syndrome Awareness Month by bright_eyes_97 (People with Down Syndrome are “more alike than different”)
    15. Awareness Month Nomination: Melanoma Awareness Month by souimette (Melanoma contributes to 75% of all skin cancer deaths)
    16. Awareness Month Nomination: Allergies are our Enemies by samnmacy (Allergies can be debilitating and uncomfortable)
    17. Awareness Month Nomination: HIV/AIDS Month by Malinee (Education is the most important form of prevention)
    18. Awareness Month Nomination: Alzheimer’s Awareness by jw_england (Scientists are still unsure how Alzheimer’s begins)
    19. Awareness Month Nomination: Awareness for the Big D by ileana13 (Diabetes has killed 3.4 million people)
    20. Awareness Month Nomination: Meningococcal Meningitis by Cor3yBornemann12 (Prevent this life-threatening disease)
    21. Awareness Month Nomination: Strokes by sierrawatts (Strokes are the third leading cause of death in America)
    22. Awareness Month Nomination: Asperger’s Syndrome by LexiStowe7 (Asperger’s is a form of autism)
    23. Awareness Month Nomination: Leukemia by callawaymorgan (Leukemia only has a 50% survival rate)
    24. Awareness Month Nomination: Health Care by firebee (People need healthcare to get better)
    25. Awareness Month Nomination: Breast Cancer is World Wide by I<3Kailee (Fundraisers help fight breast cancer)
    26. Awareness Month Nomination: The World of Help by EmilyGrammer (Find a cure for many life-threatening worldwide diseases)
    27. Awareness Month Nomination: Disability Awareness Month by a1valletutti (Treat people with disabilities like people)
    28. Awareness Month Nomination: CMT Awareness Month: The Beginning of the End by Smilin’AlltheWay (CMT is a subset of Muscular Dystrophy)
    29. Awareness Month Nomination: Kids and Drugs by Ostee (Many high school students use hard drugs)
    30. Awareness Month Nomination: The Fight Against Cancer by graceevleen (Cancer is a painful and frightening experience)
    31. Awareness Month Nomination: Not JUST Breast Cancer by kelseymariehammond13 (All cancers matter)
    32. Awareness Month Nomination: Eliminating MNT by lirpapril36 (MNT affects mothers and babies in poor countries like Africa)
    33. Awareness Month Nomination: Why I am Not Celebrating Breast Cancer by Manish Tripathi (We need to get serious about ending Breast Cancer)
    34. Awareness Month Nomination: Fighting Against Leukemia by sunnysideup05 (Her classmate’s younger sister had leukemia)
    35. Awareness Month Nomination: Awareness of the Dangers of Pharmaceutical Drugs by l_of_missa (Many pharmaceutical drugs cause further health problems)
    36. Awareness Month Nomination: Hasta La Vista Obesity by poemwriter4life (Almost two-thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese
    37. Awareness Month Nomination: Malnutrition Awareness: Why Not? by helloder (Malnutrition is just as severe, if not more severe than, obesity) 
    38. Awareness Month Nomination: Having clean water will change their lives forever by teen4change (This teen is working to get clean water to Africa)
    39. Awareness Month Nomination: Benefits of Walking by riserthinking (Walk to increase physical activity)
    40. Awareness Nomination Month: Autoimmune Disease by Deb Claxton (Although there is more awareness for cancer, more people are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases—and yet there is hardly any awareness for them)
    41. Awareness Month Nomination: Premi Month by hollyrenae12 (Premature babies face many life-threatening diseases and disorders)
    42. Awareness Month Nomination: Life Must Be Cherished From Conception by LifeofFaith (Life begins at conception)


    Mental Health Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Mental Health by amlloyd123456 (This teen recounts her struggles with an anxiety disorder)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Mental Health Care by cher084 (Health care is very expensive)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Stress by r.eberhardt (Stress can cause other health problems)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Psychiatric Help is Not a Bad Thing by twinkleye (We need to remove the stigma attached to psychiatric treatments)
    5.  Awareness Month Nomination: Promoting Good Body Image and Stopping Eating Disorders by gshippy (10% of women suffer from an eating disorder)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Eating Disorder by yellowmuffin (People endure anything to fit in)
    7.  Awareness Month Nomination: Wanting to Love Your Body by haleyw248 (Her friend suffers from bulimia)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Alcoholism by kaileeanne (Alcoholism hurts everyone)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Controlling Our Electronic Health by MMcConnell (The internet hurts our “electronic health”)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Eating Disorders Can Be Prevented by ahardcastle (70 million people worldwide suffer from eating disorders)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Bringing Brightness to the Darkest Days by eileen7866 (Clinical depression interferes with a person’s everyday activities)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: Invisible Illnesses by formysilence (There is an awful stigma surrounding mental illness)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: Depression is not a life-sentence by tjgirl24 (Depression awareness can prevent suicide)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Just Close Your Eyes and Breathe by artfreak889 (Sometimes we need to relax)
    15. Awareness Month Nomination: Dying For Perfection by maddie.shea (Her friend was diagnosed with Anorexia)
    16. Awareness Month Nomination: A World of Derelict Minds by tcombs1 (Mental illness is different cultures)
    17. Awareness Month Nomination: Depression by bigred7 (54% of the population believes that depression is a personal weakness)


    Obesity Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Fatrocity by moneysaver0007 (Obesity also affects a person’s psychology)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Drop Obesity Rate, Make A Healthier America by vrmarti (Half of the American population will be obese by 2030)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Obesity Awareness Month by NathanNorris (Obesity contributes to many deadly problems)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Obesity by Esovess (Food companies care more about profits than health)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Noticing Obesity in Our World by Marckeezy (Parents should encourage kids to be active)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Obesity by vader (68% of US adults are overweight)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Healthy living possible for… everyone? by wu.nilson (Healthy living may not be possible for all people, especially those without the proper resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle)


    Gender/Sexuality Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: I’m A Boy by KWalker (This teen struggles with depression because his mom won’t accept that he is a male)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: The Right to Show a Smile by writer123 (Women are still second-class citizens in Saudi Arabia)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Why is Gay not the Way? by ithekorea (We need to support LGBT rights)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Homosexuals are Human too by elalime (Many people are ignorant about homosexuals)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Gay Marriage by bruhandunn (Every state should allow gay marriage)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: The Power of Women by ciaobella14 (Women are not a lesser sex)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Responsibilities For Women by vyang080 (Sexist piece about how apparently women shouldn’t go out on weekends)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Unite to Stop Sexism by Mzelinger (Women still have a long way to go in terms of rights)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Same Sex Marriage by cristyw143 (The government should not decide who can and cannot be married)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Gays by doritos14 (Gays are no different than straights)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: It’s Great to Wait by ebonybrown8 (Girls should wait to have sex)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: Heel at a Time by smaileyface (Feminism is still important)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: The Other Side of Sexism by venetian_cappuccino (There are two sides to sexism)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Ms. Independent by Dare2Dream (Society relies on women more than they think)
    15. Awareness Month Nomination: It’s STIL a Man’s World by qcummings96 (Women remain the second sex in too many countries, including America)


    Culture/Race Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Culture Judgment by shortebaby (This teen doesn’t think it’s fair that Muslims are treated poorly because of 9/11)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Far, Far Away by mynameislynn (We need to help educate children in Africa, and stop human trafficking)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Stopping Racism by Emilyvl95 (Race should not define who you are)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Inside School Racism by lunatic32920 (Segregation still exists)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Let Us Kill Corruption by saket (This student wants to see an end to corruption in India)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: If Only the World was Colorblind by modi_ritika07 (A person should not be harmed based on the color of their skin)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Patriotism by Mads (Be proud of America)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Hmong Memorial by tyang223 (People should be educated about the Hmong people)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Underground Prejudice by danijazz.nm@gmail.com (Slavery and sex trafficking still exist)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Global Understanding by nlar1501 (Understand global cultures)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Equal Rights by leaphighschool123 (Hmong people live in Laos)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: Racism by ntchividjian (Racism is still a major issue in the US)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: International Communication Month by Jiyeon Seo (Different cultures need to come together so they are more accepting of each other)


    Alternative Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Annually Acknowledging Daily Issues by amanda.tucker (Awareness months don’t accomplish anything)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: The dangerous 5 letter word by nikitasaha12 (People, and countries, should handle power with the utmost care)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Caring and Kindness by xoLynnnieC (She started an organization called H.O.P.E.)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: End the Bend by Hilana (Better posture leads to a positive outlook)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Life by pinklady18 (We need to celebrate the time we have alive)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Focus On What Matters by athai716 (We need to end procrastination)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Censorship’s Insufficiency by nimrgo (Our government is threatening the Internet with the Stop Online Piracy Act)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Synapse Beta Sub-Sixteen by vidur27 (Common sense is man’s most valuable attribute)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Providing a Helping Hand by edavidoff (Prosthetics are important to give to those who need it)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Car Insurance Awareness Month by Ehmoo (Car insurance is too expensive)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Divorce by penj2810 (Divorce adversely affects children)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: Anesthesiologists Should Be Better Recognized by lsmith (Anesthesiologists are important medical personnel)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: Beautiful, Inside and Out by YellowMelon ;) (Beauty does not depend on a person’s looks)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Human Trafficking by MorganSmith (Human trafficking is worse than murder)
    15. Awareness Month Nomination: Ginger Awareness Month by Stephanie (Parody piece about redheads)
    16. Awareness Month Nomination: Credit Card Debt by kher096 (Many people have uncontrollable credit card spending)
    17. Awareness Month Nomination: Divorce by chang ka (Divorce leads to death?)
    18. Awareness Month Nomination: Military Veterans by sonrobinrobinson (Recognize those who have served overseas)
    19. Awareness Month Nomination: Texting and Driving Can and Should Be Stopped by abby_volleyball (5,800 deaths occur each year because of texting and driving)
    20. Awareness Month Nomination: Single Moms by riya (We need more than one month to appreciate mothers)
    21. Awareness Month Nomination: Increasing Awesome by Papples (Stage of Life should feature “awesome” news stories from around the world)
    22. Awareness Month Nomination: Be Forever Young by jmicoleta (Take time to enjoy being a teen)
    23. Awareness Month Nomination: Manners are a key to peace by zwebley (America has a lack of manners)
    24. Awareness Month Nomination: Youth Potential Month by CarrieLeslie (Kids shouldn’t be forced to grow up)
    25. Awareness Month Nomination: Americans Express Appreciation for the Military by mielejas123 (It is important for Americans to appreciate those who serve overseas)
    26. Awareness Month Nomination: Every Kid Deserves a Family by rachelrev07 (Her family almost adopted a child)
    27. Awareness Month Nomination: A Hero’s Homecoming and the Ultimate Act of Service by GPG (Honor the military)
    28. Awareness Month Nomination: Without Loved Ones to Hold for the Holidays by RudieCantFail (Her father works overseas)
    29. Awareness Month Nomination: Please Write by Birdie (Writing is fun and relieves stress)
    30. Awareness Month Nomination: Buying American Made Products by justtalkin (Buying American products creates more jobs in America)
    31. Awareness Month Nomination: The Unsung Martyrs by yiyijessicali (Immigrants help make America great)


    Teen Pregnancy/Abortion Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: One-Fourth of My Generation is Missing by Theresa (Abortion is wrong)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Life Cut Short by corinaballerina (Abortion prevention)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Encourage a Teen Mom Day by Alaura (Spread awareness about sex education and teen parents)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Teen Pregnancy in America by crystal_lynne15 (We need more comprehensive sex education)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Q) Needing Love A) Adoption by tianaaa14 (Adoption promotes love, and is the ultimate sacrifice)


    Individuality Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Individual Awareness by DesignNextX (We need to celebrate our individual uniqueness)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Individuality Awareness by vChuTHHS (We need to reclaim our individuality, and not submit to cliques)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Individuality Matters by Iozia29 (Conformity should not rule our lives)


    Bullying/Self-Hate/Self-Harm Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Bullying by DreamyGal (Bullying deserves more than a week-long awareness)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Let Kids be Kids by kelsey_roberts (Homophobia only increases bullying)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Stop the Bullying by breana_lee25 (Speak up if you see bullying)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Stand up, Stop bullying by rhiFTW (We can prevent bullying by standing up for the bullied, or standing up to our bullies)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: The battles of bullying by KrnGirlRocks (Bullying is a life or death situation)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Prejudice by schlage (We need to stop judging others for being different)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Self-Hate Awareness Month by chaness1000 (We need to acknowledge the self hate issue)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Self-Hatred Awareness Month by xxcrowngirrlxx (We need to learn to value ourselves)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Social Interactions by NicoDeJaVu (Put a smile on the faces of those who are bullied)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Cyberbullying by be_the__change (Bullying can be emotionally damaging)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Bullying by musicnerd (Victims of bullying are more likely to commit crimes)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: Bully Awareness Month by Drizzy_Drake_11 (About 7% of high schoolers have attempted suicide)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: Making Amends With Your Enemies by Nicky (Get to know your enemy)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Cyber Bullying Can and Needs to Stop by MalloryEllis5796 (Cyber bullying contributes to a teen’s negative self-esteem and thoughts of suicide)
    15. Awareness Month Nomination: Self-Injury is real by courageouslittlegirl (Self-injury is a negative coping mechanism)
    16. Awareness Month Nomination: Cyber Bullying by Christy Marie (10,000 people are cyber bullied everyday)
    17. Awareness Month Nomination: We Have Feelings Too by Mia.N.B15 (Stop bullying LGBT people)
    18. Awareness Month Nomination: The Bullying Crisis by mayzok1 (Bullying negatively affects teens)
    19. Awareness Month Nomination: “I’ll Accept You For You.” by Crystal_Jay (Learn to accept everyone’s differences)
    20. Awareness Month Nomination: No More Tears by horselover (A letter to her friend turned bully)
    21. Awareness Month Nomination: The Truth Concerning Reflections of Body Image by lissalovesyouxo (People should feel good about how they look)
    22. Awareness Month Nomination: Different isn’t Bad by hambam18 (Flaws make a person unique)
    23. Awareness Month Nomination: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover by starsalwaysshine (Stereotypes are mostly negative and harmful)
    24. Awareness Month Nomination: Beauty Made Beautiful by Kbrew12 (The media negatively influences “beauty”)
    25. Awareness Month Nomination: Give Them Back Their Voices by Writer Selbe (We need a month to remember the victims of “bullycide”)
    26. Awareness Month Nomination: Cyberbullying by vchen199 (A letter to a bully)


    Animal Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Punish the People, Not the Pits! by whitwar (Pit Bulls are loving and loyal dogs, not the vicious animals they are made out to be)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Puppy Mills’ Time for Freedom by Hj.Jasmine (We need to work to shut down puppy mills)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: I <3 Pounds by petra.davis (We need to donate money to shelters so innocent animals can be cared for and find their forever homes)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Abolish Animal Abuse Month by Cystele1211 (All animals should be loved and cared for)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Animal Testing by ImAStarkidGirl (Of 3 million animals tested on around the world, 2.5 million of them are tested in America)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: The Ones that Keep Our Less Fortunate Strong by emilypeters (This teen wants a month to celebrate the bond between humans and animals)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Dogs Month by mrlesson230 (Call attention to the destruction of dogs)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Animal Cruelty by ldendy9900 (People shouldn’t harm animals for entertainment)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Wildlife Conservation by ersc13 (Prevent the destruction of endangered animals)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Animals Are Important Too by ashleystrz (Animals are abused now more than ever)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Near-Extinction Needs More Protection by ClaudiaR94 (“Life on earth is limited.”)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: You May Never See Their Faces Again—Endangered Animals by panda102 (All animals, especially endangered animals, are necessary to the food chain)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: Breaking the Chain by DayWithoutChains (Chained dogs are statistically more violent)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Animal Abuse by maddenman45 (Don’t be cruel to animals)
    15. Awareness Month Nomination: Save the Elephants by brinka (We need to protect elephants)


    Suicide Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Teen Suicide Can Be Prevented Just By You by Shamira.McC (Suicide is entirely possible to prevent, but no one likes to talk about it)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: You Are Beautiful by livelovelaugh22 (Her friend almost killed herself this summer)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Suicide Can Be Prevented by ChinaDoll1997 (Suicide prevention and education is extremely important)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Don’t Let Another One Die From Suicide by NCpollyCA (Suicide prevention deserves an entire year, let alone one month)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Suicide Season; We Can End This by bwarner95 (We need to stop the suicide epidemic)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by arjay (Suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Suicide by KaylaRena (89 people commit suicide per day)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: It Gets Better by MaddieMitchell (An anti-suicide project aimed at LGBT youth)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Suicide by amandapetruzzello (Regularly tell your loved ones how much you loved them)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Stopping the Hardships of Suicide by Paige Spy (Help teens who feel depressed)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Suicide by DejaJessica (This teen’s experience and feelings about suicide)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: The Little Things Don’t Matter When You’re About to Lose Your Best Friend by hetalrp97
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: What Stress Can Do by Zokirsh (Stress induces suicide)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Teenage Suicide by paige.nikles (A close friend committed suicide)


    Arts Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: The Importance of Performing Arts by dramaqueen16 (Art classes—including chorus—help students learn about themselves)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: PITCH Into Preserving Classical Music! by sharonchinners (Classical music is a dying art form, but it should be appreciated)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Art Education by ominousbells (Many schools are cutting art programs)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: The Important of Art in Schools by Kenzie (Art can change a student’s life)


    Safety Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: How to Save a Life by teenagedream015 (It is important to know ATV Safety)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: The Heart of the Survivor by alliefairchild96 (“You are strongest at your weakest point”)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Child Safety Matters by KatelynShear (We need to prevent child abduction)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: The Youth by alanestrada (Stop child abuse)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Help Teens At-Risk by Dijonia (Provide programs to help at-risk teens stay active and productive)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Prostitution Should Be Stopped by ilovemypets15 (Many children are sold into sex slavery)


    Violence Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Preventing Bruises by KatNew (Between 1,000-2,000 women die each year because of domestic violence)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Peace by sonysideup (Violent epidemics like the Holocaust should be remembered)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Stopping the Cycle of Abuse by Kitkat2 (We need to help victims of domestic abuse and child abuse)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: I Was Tortured By a Drunken Chimpanzee and the Teeny Bop Queens: My Time Spent Lonely by Quirky Eyes (She was bullied in school; and her father was a violent alcoholic)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Speak Up by QuincyBulin (Speak up when you think something is wrong; or sit with the “weird” kid—make a difference)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Peaceful conversation by hsamoo (Families should work toward conflict resolution)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Ridding the World of Rape by JayCee17 (Rape is a painful and traumatic experience)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Appreciation by sadiewilloughby (Kindness prevents violence and suicide)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Domestic Abuse by ColtPickens (Domestic abuse should not be tolerated)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: A Cure for the Uncurable by mireyaarreola93 (Smash rape culture; teach men not to rape)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Unexploded Ordinance is a Real Problem by mattvohr (The UN sends workers in to locate unexploded bombs)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: “Girls are not for sale”: GEMS.org by samesam123 (Prevent sex trafficking and child slavery)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: Together We Can Put an End to Abuse by rosieposie (More than 5 children die every day from child abuse)


    Environmental Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Save Spaceship Earth by jerrylin1217 (We need to be more environmentally friendly to help protect the earth)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Suffering From Our Own Pollution by rereheartux3 (Pollution affects humans, animals, and our home, earth)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Go Green to Save the Future by notomorrow (Global warming is not a hoax)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Earth Day Not Only for a Day by ribbitsquad2 (We need to protect the planet more regularly and more effectively)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: The Plastic World by pk madness (Plastic can destroy the environment)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Life Outside of the Outlet by lizziefulton04 (Energy consumption awareness; spend less time in front of the TV and more time with loved ones)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Go Green by SAponte12 (Awareness on how to make our country more environmentally-friendly)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Stop Destroying Forests by Naydohmoo (Support organizations that support the environment)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Stop Pollution by lweaamerica (Air pollution hurts humans)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Natural Disasters by hsalakkhu (Natural disasters happen because of humans)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Deforestation by San Da Aye (Losing trees means losing our beautiful and natural home)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: Global Warming: Think About It by kaleigh_forever (Global warming affects the planet)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: Global Warming by Zack3442 (Global warming will affect our generation)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Global Warming Myths can be stopped by jurbauer (Global warming is a liberal myth)
    15. Awareness Month Nomination: The World Can Be Saved! by lilysollberger (Green habits should be required of people)
    16. Awareness Month Nomination: Let’s Plant Hope One Tree At A Time by underthefryingpan (She proposes a joint book and nature day)
    17. Awareness Month Nomination: So We Can Breathe by jolly.dum_dum (“Humans are responsible for the well-being of their planet”)
    18. Awareness Month Nomination: Recycling by strawberry (Recycling can save the planet)


    Volunteering Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: The Simple Act of Volunteering by magda (Volunteers provide support and guidance for those in need)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Volunteer by kvelock14 (People should learn to give back to those in need)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: International Charity Month by nraphia125 (UNICEF helps families all over the world who need help)


    Education Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Teacher Appreciation by kjy200700 (Teachers do not receive the respect they deserve)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Scholarship Awareness by D01611701 (Scholarships are important to help struggling college students pay for school)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Education—The Limit Does Not Exist by lenasdeb (America should develop a National Subject of Choice Month)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: High School Completion by flippy997 (One-third of high school students do not graduate)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: The Issue of Education by Brianna898 (Every person deserves access to a sufficient education)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Education by WhiteBlankPage (Budget cuts are hurting schools)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Education by hlubkoj91 (Better education means better jobs)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: Knowledge is Key by jfajardo (Americans need to be better educated about their country)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: A Nightmare in the Form of Education by polkadot101 (America’s education system is subpar)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Ignorance is Not Bliss by dreamingforpeace (Eradicate illiteracy)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: Ignorance is Neither Strength Nor Bliss by roygbiv (Many Americans are geographically illiterate)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: What Awareness Month? by Fulloflife95 (Education for children around the world)


    Poverty Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Let’s Get Involved to End Poverty by a.chan (We need to help those suffering in poverty)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Worldwide Poverty Month by khusbu96 (America should donate money to poorer countries)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Water Issues by ToewsIsaBeast (Many countries do not have adequate water)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Starvation by pyang332 (Many people go without food)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: World Poverty by eldrummer619 (Worldwide poverty does not compare to poverty in South America or other struggling areas)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Hunger by katherinevo (Raise money to help starving people across the world)
    7. Awareness Month Nomination: Third-World Country by micahowens21 (Help third-world countries)
    8. Awareness Month Nomination: The Effects of Dirty Drinking Water by kbor1501 (Many children die from unsafe drinking water)
    9. Awareness Month Nomination: Inner City Month by Beola (Inner cities are dangerous wastelands)
    10. Awareness Month Nomination: Hurting Community by L4HIM (A month to help the poor)
    11. Awareness Month Nomination: World Hunger by merryhappyy (1.02 billion people in the world don’t get enough to eat)
    12. Awareness Month Nomination: World Thirst by daklew (2 billion people don’t have access to water)
    13. Awareness Month Nomination: Everyone Deserves a Place to Call Home by elove1 (Address the homeless issue in America)
    14. Awareness Month Nomination: Clean Water: Is It a Privilege or a Right? by IBgirly754 (More people die from diseases from unclean water than from war)
    15. Awareness Month Nomination: Hungers of the World by cvoetberg (The US should donate food that is not corn-based)
    16. Awareness Month Nomination: Homelessness in America by Keyboardqueen12 (We need to alleviate the homelessness problem in America)


    Athletics Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Lack of Activity by jamrox32 (More people become sick when they aren’t physically active)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: National Athletic Month by Knock Knock Whos there come in (This month would be dedicated to healthy lifestyles)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Physical Fitness by Gage Parker (Healthy lifestyles prevent obesity and diabetes)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Exercise or Die by Maurice (People need to make exercise a priority)
    5. Awareness Month Nomination: Soccer hooliganism. How come? by CatttaStrophe (Hooligans need to stop being violent)
    6. Awareness Month Nomination: Technology is Taking Over by icain (People should be more active, and use less technology)


    Peace Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: War and Peace by mvang (War needs to stop)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: World Peace forever, everything gets better by gloriawyszynski (We should strive for non-violence and world peace)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Keep the Peace by Dare2Dream (America fights unnecessary wars)
    4. Awareness Month Nomination: Promoting World Peace by ethioprinces23 (“Without peace, the world would be in constant chaos.”)


    Age Awareness

    1. Awareness Month Nomination: Honor Elders Month by ernidhiarora (Everyone should respect elders, not shame them)
    2. Awareness Month Nomination: Children are the Future by nela (Children need to be taught to capable and mature adults)
    3. Awareness Month Nomination: Realizing Time by Guerillafilth (“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional”)


    Single Parent Awareness

    1.      Awareness Month Nomination: A Single Parent’s Struggle by AshanayAllen (Single parents have to be both the mother and father)


    Kindness Awareness

    1.      Awareness Month Nomination: Little Things Make a Profound Difference by momaloft


    Teen Trends

    From the National Awareness Month essay contest, several teen themes and trends emerged:

    • Health Awareness: Teens are advocates for many varied health issues: both physically harmful, and mentally distressing. A common topic for teens and health was obesity awareness: eat healthy, and stay active.
    • Bullying Awareness: Many teens wrote about bullying (both in person and online) and its effects. Bullying can lead to excessive stress, low-self esteem, and in some cases, suicide. To see how teens felt about bullying, check out the statistics from Stage of Life’s past writing contest: http://www.stageoflife.com/TeensandBullies.aspx
    • Poverty: Teens are also concerned about the living situations of other Americans, and those less fortunate around the world. Many people do not have access to clean drinking water, or enough food. To help, you can donate to a charity that helps feed people, or volunteer at your local soup kitchen.
    • Environment: We only have one planet, and teens are afraid for its well-being. Teens spread awareness for global warming, recycling, and pollution. One message was clear from this section: Go Green! You won’t regret it.
    • Teens are Passionate: No matter what the issue, or the cause, teens are passionate about what they believe in. From broader issues like cancer awareness, to unique ideas about the high prices of car insurance, teens are striving to make the world a better place.

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