Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Street Called Hope: Writing Can Change the World.

Writing can change the world. So, I've entered a contest. It's the Lenovo Computer Group's "Dream Assignment" competition. And I need your vote. The winner of the contest will be sent by Lenovo computers on a trip outlined in their contest proposal.
I want to use my writing to help change the world. (No pressure, I know!)
Some of my favorite writers (Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Dr. Suess, and many more,) have used their writing to teach us important things, and their lives to change the world. I think they've got the right idea.
So I've proposed to Lenovo that they send me to India, Russia, and several places in the U.S. to interview street children and teens (homeless kids); And to interview the people who are working with them. I'll then post their stories (about their lives, their struggles, their hopes and dreams,) with photos of where they live, on the blog arranged by Lenovo. It will be a blogumentary to raise awareness, and to get the rest of us involved.
I hope to sit down with some of the homeless teens to help them write their own stories too --
to give them the opportunity to share their OWN writing, about their own lives, on the blog.

I happen to really like teens, you see. That's why I write for them.

But to win the contest, (so I can do this stuff,) I need hundreds of people to vote for my idea between now and April 2nd! And if you're reading this blog I'd love your vote (and the votes of your friends, as well)!

Stories really can change the world.


Bish Denham said...

Sending lots of good vibes your way, Janelle! And hoping you get your dream job!

Janelle said...

itiThanks Bish! I always appreciate all of your support!

Janelle said...

Thanks to all 72 of you who voted for my "A street called hope" idea. I didn't win the Lenovo contest, but some other great visionaries did. The winning concept was "Documenting hope." Now a bad idea these days!

Thanks again for all the support!
- Janelle