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Dear (title) ______,

My name is _____ (first and last), and I’m a _____ (freshman/sophomore/junior/senior) from _____ (school name) in _____ (county name). Recently, I entered an art contest called Revelations, organized by youth-led nonprofit Students Taking Action for a New Democracy, that seeks to engage high school students with art as a medium to spur civic change.

In this regard, I wanted to share a piece I’ve been working on, titled _____ , attached. (piece name) explores the recent effects of (civic issue).

(piece blurb that you sent to our team in step one)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. The purpose of the contest and my piece is to promote healthy political dialogue, a process that hopefully begins with this message. Thank you for the work that you do.

Sincerely,

(name), (school name)

do not forget to attach your piece

(That would be awkward…


Remember, at the end of the day, this is just a starting point! Be sure to be creative and add your own spark to what you write. For an example of what the finished product might look like, take a look below:

Dear Senator Smith,

My name is Jessica Freeman, and I’m a junior from Central High School in Lancaster, PA. Recently, I entered an art contest called Revelations, organized by youth-led nonprofit Students Taking Action for a New Democracy, that seeks to engage high school students with art as a medium to spur civic change.

In this regard, I wanted to share a piece I’ve been working on, titled Books Not Bullets, attached. Books Not Bullets explores the recent effects of gun violence in schools.

As a student, gun reform is a paramount issue for me, especially in light of recent attacks that have occurred across the country as a result of loose regulations. That’s what prompted me to create this piece. I am optimistically hopeful that my work will help direct the attention of political leaders like you towards this safety issue of increasing importance.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. The purpose of the contest and my piece is to promote healthy political dialogue, a process that hopefully begins with this message. Thank you for the work that you do.

Sincerely,

Jessica Freeman, Central High School