Help support our Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Contest

It's getting competitive here at UrbanPromise!

Despite the cold and snow this winter, forty 3rd-12th graders have been faithfully meeting with their mentors every week since early January.  They have spent numerous hours researching, writing and honing in on their delivery.


All in preparation for the 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Contest this coming Monday evening.

This is no ordinary speech contest (if there is one).  Participation in this contest becomes a badge of honor for our students.  The winner receives a very special gift … bragging rights for the year. Believe me we hear about the contest all year long, especially from the winner.

The speech contest has had a history of students creatively expressing their own challenges in life and how they desire to make a change in the world.

This year Nyan Trieu is a top contender for the 4th-8th grade category, taking first place in last year’s competition.

“I am extremely excited to be apart of the speech contest this year and focus on my delivery.  I enjoy speaking about great leaders who have impacted culture,” shares Nyan.

Nyan’s sponsor Moses Okuma, an UrbanPromise intern from Uganda, is also excited about this year’s competition.  Moses’ comments, “I am so proud of Nyan.  She has written a great speech.  She has drawn motivation from the inspirational life of her civil rights leader.”

Each student participating in the contest is paired with an UrbanPromise staff member, intern or teen mentor who meets with them weekly.  Countless hours of encouragement, laughter and practice are invested in our young people.  Many are speaking in public for the first time.

Help me underwrite the cost of a “team” (child and staff pair) for just $120.  Or maybe sponsor a mentoring session for just $20.   Or sponsor a few teams!


Come Monday a third grader with the shaky voice will stand up in public for the first time to give a speech to a room of 150 supportive peers, parents and staff.  Moments like these help to change the course of a child’s life.

Please stand with me and help us support our young people.

Dr. Bruce Main


PS. If you are interested in coming out and cheering on our young people as they deliver their speeches please RSVP to Joy Messner at (856) 382-1854 or  I hope to see you there.