Your Voice 2024

As part of our ongoing work to promote human dignity and digital media literacy, the Mobile Museum of Tolerance (MMOT) is partnering with the Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes for the Your Voice: Changing the world, One speech at a Time speech competition.

The MMOT inspires students to use their voices to speak up against bullying, racism, anti-Semitism, hate and intolerance. This year’s quote is made by the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s namesake, Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his post-Holocaust life to pursuing justice. The devastating impact of that genocide drove him to ensure that future generations learn from lessons of the past.

Students are asked to reflect on a selected quote by Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal, who dedicated his post Holocaust life to pursuing justice. The devastating impact of that genocide drove him to ensure that future generations learn from lessons of the past.

“The history of man is the history of crimes, and history can repeat. So information is a defense against repetition.” –Simon Wiesenthal

How the contest works:
March 15, 2024: Written speeches are due. Submissions are evaluated in two categories: Grades 6 – 8 and Grades 9 – 12.
March 29, 2024: The top 5 contestants from each category will be announced. Finalists will be contacted with further instructions for submitting their video presentation of their speech.**
April 8, 2024: Finalist video submission deadline.**
April 14, 2024: The top 5 finalists from each category will appear virtually and have their video submissions judged by a panel of distinguished judges, with prizes awarded to the top three participants, as selected by the panel. Friends, Family, and Teachers are invited to cheer on the finalists!

For students this is an excellent way to build their resumes and applications to universities and colleges.

**A video submission is required for the final round of the competition.




1st Prize: Apple MacBook

2nd Prize: Apple iPad

3rd Prize: $200 Gift Card

No purchase necessary to enter and no purchase or contribution will enhance any participant’s chance of winning. All prizes will be presented to winners after the event. There will be two sets of winners, one in the grades 6-8 category and one in the grades 9-12 category. Prizes are non-negotiable and non-transferrable. By entering this competition, entrants agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in the selection of winners and agree to all decisions of the judging panel chosen by The Simon Wiesenthal Center – Midwest Region, with the finalists determined by the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Community Engagement Committee comprised of volunteers from diverse backgrounds whose decisions are final. The Your Voice Competition prizes have been generously sponsored by Karen and Sandy Teplitzky. Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1399 South Roxbury Dr, Los Angeles, California 90035