Hip-hop artist Doughboy wants to hear from children on how violence affects them and what they want adults to do to make communities safer.
The rapper, also known as Rashad MGhee, is hosting the "Speak Up Against Violence" essay contest. He wants to see students' thoughts in a one-page essay about violent crime and how the ensuing stress affects their school and home life.
Two winners will get $500 back-to-school gift certificates. But, time is running out. The deadline for essays is at midnight on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
Doughboy, a St. Louis Native, just released his video for his single "Break da Knob."
"Speak Up Against Violence" Essay Contest
Submit essays to STVEssayContest@gmail.com before midnight on October 1, 2015.