Deadline for submissions is November 10, 2022
Succeed beyond education
Submit your inspiring story for a chance to win $1,000.
#BecauseWeWill is an interactive social media campaign designed to give learners an opportunity to share personal stories and build a sense of community, support, and belonging with other learners across the country.
The campaign raises public awareness about student struggles and amplifies the voices of learners across the United States. It aims to create a virtual community for learners to find mutual support and encouragement as they persevere on their own journeys.
By sharing their personal stories, learners create a network of support to inspire learners facing similar circumstances and are considered for a chance to win $1,000.
How to share your story
Plan and record your story
Once you choose a category, structure your story with a beginning, middle, and end. Record a short video (preferred) or write a short essay describing your story of perseverance to, through, or beyond education.
Share your story on social media
After you have created your story and submitted it here, remember to share it on social media using #BecauseWeWill - and tag us!
Check our social media wall
Come back here to see your story posted on our social wall. Then, share it with your friends and encourage them to spread the word and submit their stories.
Ready to share?Submit Your Story Here
Featured written submissions
Elijah's #BecauseWeWill Story
Read Elijah's story of persistence and determination to get to college despite having diabetes
Nitoria's #BecauseWeWill Story
Read Nitoria's story of being a young mother and a first-generation adult student
Dijana's #BecauseWeWill Story
Read Dijana's story about following her dreams and helping other foster youth
Jill's #BecauseWeWill Story
Read Jill's story of overcoming obstacles to pursue the path to become a teacher
Olivia's #BecauseWeWill Story
Read Olivia's story about overcoming health issues during her education journey
Unenakam's #BecauseWeWill Story
Read Unenakam's story about dealing with the transition to the United States
LuCinda's #BecauseWeWill Story
Read LuCinda's story about how she dealt with college to career transition
Arsheen's #BecauseWeWill Story
Read Arsheen's #BecauseWeWill story about living through the pandemic.
Featured video submissions
Brianna's #BecauseWeWill Story
Watch Brianna's story about her struggles adjusting to life in the US after growing up in Africa and her desire to become a counselor.
Lily's #BecauseWeWill Story
Watch Lily's story about her unexpected struggles in learning a new language to realize her dream career in Public Relations.
Melena's #BecauseWeWill Story
Watch Melena's story about her journey through 3 different schools and majors in one year and what she learned.
Alexa's #BecauseWeWill Story
Watch Alexa's story about rising from a low income background as a first generation student to study Digital Forensics & Cyber Security.
Juliet's #BecauseWeWill Story
Watch Juliet's story about caring for her mom while studying remotely during Covid in pursuit of her degree in Social Work.