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Deadline to submit original raps and poems about the dropout crisis

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The Raise Up Project is encouraging youth 15-22 years old to submit their original raps and poems about the drop out crisis in American high schools. Poems and raps can be submitted by one person (individual) or by a group. Five individual poems/raps will be chosen as winners, and each person (single winners or each in a group) will receive a $5,000 educational scholarship and the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center on September 28 as part of a huge show around this issue. One group poem/rap will also be selected to receive a $2,500 award.

Finalists will be selected through a three-round process in which the American public and special guest judges – including Rosario Dawson and Russell Simmons – will vote. After the event at the Kennedy Center, the participants in The Raise Up Project have an opportunity to be featured in a National Public Radio series that will air in in late 2014. So what are you waiting for? Start writing!

The competition is open for submissions until June 30, 2014. The voting period will be the entire month of July.

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