Cesar Chavez Essay Contest Deadline: February 13th

Cesar Chavez Essay Contest Deadline: February 13th

GALEO Continues to Accept Entries to the 8th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest: Great PRIZES have been added & ALL High School Students & Adults in Georgia are Eligible.

Deadline quickly approaching on February 13, 2015.

Press Release


Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, jerry@galeo.org, 404.745.2580

January 22, 2015 (Atlanta, GA) –  On behalf of the GALEO Leadership Council, which is comprised of alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership and GALEO Members statewide, GALEO continues to solicit entries from Georgia adults and Georgia high school students for the 2015 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest.   The deadline is quickly approaching: February 13, 2015.

The goal of this contest is to increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to America while honoring civil rights legend Cesar Chavez.  Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers union.  He remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history.  His birthday is recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas, and GALEO supports the movement to create a national holiday in honor of Chavez.


“Cesar Chavez is an American hero and we want Georgians to learn more about his legacy,” said Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.  “This contest helps educate students and adults alike and brings attention to the importance of farmworkers in our state,” he added.


All high school students and adults (18+ in age) in the state of Georgia are encouraged to participate and submit their essays for entry. Categories include:

  • Adult (essay may be submitted in English or Spanish);
  • High School Student (essay may be in English or Spanish);
  • and the newest category for ESOL High School Students (essays submitted in English by ESOL students).

The winners of the three categories above will read their winning essays at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 31st 2014 at our 8th Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony at the Capitol.

We are pleased to announce prizes for the winners.


  • iPad mini (donated by Telemundo Atlanta)
  • $25 iTunes Gift Card
  • $50 Amex Gift Card


  • Beats Headphones (donated by BB&T and Taylor, Lee & Associates)
  • Tickets to Six Flags Over Georgia (donated by Six Flags Over Georgia)
  • Tickets to Atlanta Hawks game (donated by Telemundo Atlanta)

All winners will also receive:

  • Complimentary public speaking training from Alliance@Work
  • Complimentary tuition to the GALEO Institute for Leadership (upon turning 17 for high school winners)

To download the contest rules, entry and consent forms, please visit the following link:

Click PDF HERE for Rules & Entry Form.

(You may also send an email to samuel@galeo.org for the PDF form).


Entries may be in either English or Spanish (ESOL HS students must submit essays in English).

Topics (choose one):

  • Why are farm workers important in Georgia?
  • César Chávez & Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. both believed in peaceful nonviolent protests. Why was this ideology important to the civil rights movement?
  • How has César Chávez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?
  • Why should we have a national holiday honoring César Chávez?

All essays must be accompanied by the entry (linked above) and consent form.  All entries must be mailed.  For more details, please do read the entry form.

Deadline for submissions:  February 13, 2015.

The Cesar Chavez Essay contest and Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony at the Capitol have been coordinated and led by the GALEO Leadership Council.  Prizes donated by GALEO, Telemundo Atlanta, BB&T, Taylor, Lee & Associates, Alliance@Work, and Six Flags Over Georgia.
Save the date!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Georgia STATE CAPITOL, Atlanta, Georgia
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