The Connector

May 2015

Keeping you IN THE LOOP

Welcome to The Connector! Our monthly newsletter that keeps you connected (and in the loop) of all things geared towards empowering, educating, entertaining, and engaging young people. Make sure you subscribe so you can stay connected!

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32nd Annual Larry Neal Writers' Competition Winners

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the winners of the 32nd Annual Larry Neal Writers' Competition on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Arena Stage. The competition commemorates the artistic legacy and vision of cultural understanding of Larry Neal, a renowned author, academic and former Executive Director of the DCCAH.

In April 2015, the DCCAH received 100 submissions from emerging and established writers residing in the District of Columbia, a true testament to the vitality of the literary arts here in the nation's capital. Award categories include poetry, fiction, and dramatic writing.

Congratulations to the 5 Teen Awardees!

Teen Poetry
Sophia Diggs-Galligan for "We Eat Well Now"

Teen Fiction
Eva Shapiro for "Adam 500"

Youth Poetry
Kayla Rosemond for "Crimson Blues"

Youth Poetry
Jaymir Wise for "My Storm"

Youth Fiction
Ellida Parker for "Rising
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So, You Want to Write for a Teen Magazine!

Do you flip through magazine ARTICLES thinking “I COULD WRITE THIS!"?

Are you interested in seeing your name in the masthead under the writer's listing?

Have you ever read a magazine article and wanted to write your take on the topic or person?

Are you ready to take your writing to the next level?

For the writer with a goal of getting published in her local school paper to a journalist with her sights set on Pulitzer Prize, So, You Want to Write for a Teen Magazine is the place to start to set that ball in motion.

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Early bird registration opens up this week and classes start on June 16!

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Pitch Perfect 2 - Perfect Comedy for Girls Night Out

The Bellas return in this sequel to Pitch Perfect. After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas are taken out of the ACA-Circuit. In order to clear their name, and regain their status, they take on a seemingly impossible task: to win an International competition no American team has ever won. In order to accomplish this, they need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfield, it a comedy ripe for girls night out!

Check out the review by Keefer C. B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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GIRLS Empowerment Seminar: Born to be a DIVA

Saturday, June 6th, 10am-2pm

770 M Street Southeast

Washington, DC

GIRLS Empowerment Seminar - Born to Be a DIVA

Saturday, June 6, 2015

10 am - 2 pm

The GIRLS Empowerment Seminar: Born to Be a DIVA is designed to expose young girls to activities that will assist them in seeing how fashion, make-up and hair deliver a powerful message of who they are.

The seminar will feature workshops presented by:

Make-up - Arletha Idrissa

Fashion/Modeling - Courtney Rae O'Neal

Journaling - Leatrice Burphy

Being a DIVA

Light snacks provided and gift bags for all!

Register today at

Use discount code: HalfOff for a 50% discount. Code ends on Wed, June 3.

Toyota's Teen Distracted Driver PSA Finalist

Did you know?
The most dangerous time of a driver's life is the initial 6 months after they get their license.
That might change if Elijah Wilborn's award winning PSA gets some much needed attention.

This Mt. Carmel High School student is a finalist in Toyota's Teen Distracted Driver PSA contest.

His short film, titled "Curb Your Distractions," beat out over 1,000 other teen filmmakers from around the country to be one of ten finalists in the contest. From now until April 30, the public can vote on whatever entry they think is best, and the winning film has the chance to be professionally produced and distributed by Discovery Education, the educational branch of Discovery Communications with programming in over 50 countries around the world.

Wilborn's film follows the morning routine of a typical high school student, but with a catch-- all the main distractions are played by real people. A boy makes an alarm noise, while a girl playing a phone follows the main character into a car. Once in the vehicle, the main character is harassed by "distractions" played by real actors.

"Yo, man, what is this seatbelt?" said an actor labeled as "ego" as he unbuckles the main character's seatbelt.

What happens next? Watch the video to find out. Or, perhaps you can just wait-- you might just see a professionally produced version of Wilborn's video sometime soon.

Check out the video!

See the full article here.
Curb your Distractions - Elijah W
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