DO THE WRITE THING is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, Do the Write Thing (DtWT) is a writing program for middle school students that positions them as community catalysts as they examine the root causes and impact of youth violence. At the beginning of an academic year, educators facilitate middle school students in alleviating violence in their communities. These activities, aligned with the common core to enhance the content curriculum, aim to amplify student voices, reinforce a sense of community, and propel their communities to make changes.
The Pittsburgh “Do the Write Thing Challenge” was established in 2007 by the Family Court Division of The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas at the behest of then, Administrative Judge Kim Berkeley Clark. Judge Clark appointed Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff and wife, Joy Maxberry Woodruff to establish and chair the Pittsburgh program. Annually, a DtWT Dinner Celebration is held to honor the top student writers from each school, with one male and female student chosen as Pittsburgh's “National Ambassadors” based on their writing content and interview with Judges. The 'Ambassadors are honored at the DtWT National Recognition Week in Washington, DC, where they meet with national leaders and discuss youth violence issues. A book of the writings of each city’s Ambassadors is inducted in United States Library of Congress.
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