Calling All Entries for Fair Housing Essay, Poster, and Video Contest

Grades 3 through 12 invited to participate

 

"Fair Housing: Making Dreams Come True" is the theme of this year's annual Fair Housing Month art, essay and audio visual contest. The contest is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity in collaboration with the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Students in Palm Beach County are urged to create a poster, essay or video that conveys the message that it is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing because of race, color, religion, familial status, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status and gender identity or expression. Students may submit only one entry for each category no later than 5 p.m. on March 17, 2017.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students may submit a poster; sixth, seventh and eighth-graders a poster and/or essay; and ninth through 12th grade students may submit an essay and/or video.

First place winners in elementary and middle school will be awarded $100 cash. High school first place winners will be awarded a Tablet PC. Second place winners receive at least $50 at each level, and third place winners will be awarded at least $25 at each level.

Winners will be announced on March 31; prizes will be awarded April 19 at a reception in West Palm Beach hosted by the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

For contest rules and more information, please visit http://www.pbcgov.com/equalopportunity/ or contact Kenette Penny-Baker at 561-355-4884 or KPBaker@pbcgov.org

For detailed contest rules, please click here.​​


Office of Equal Opportunity's Mission Statement

The Office of Equal Opportunity's (OEO) mission is to promote a discrimination free quality of life for Palm Beach County residents through educating and advocating a policy of nondiscrimination and enforcing local, state and federal civil rights laws.

OEO is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status or familial status and gender identity or expression. Additionally, OEO provides human relations training and referral services. OEO is a federally recognized equivalent agency under the federal civil rights laws - Title VII (employment discrimination cases) and Title VIII (fair housing cases). Through OEO, Palm Beach County residents have direct access to protection of civil rights laws.

OEO also is responsible for the County's Disability Accessibility program. This program assures that County government and countywide organizations and public facilities maintain compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by enforcing the County's Handicapped Parking Program and helps to remedy discrimination against persons with disabilities in housing, access to facilities and services, employment and all other areas of equal access.

The Human Relations Camp program is administered by OEO in conjunction with the School District of Palm Beach County. The program is designed to promote interracial and intercultural understanding among students by providing training in human relations, leadership and communication skills. Weekend retreats are utilized and provide an excellent framework for achieving interracial and intercultural understanding among high-school students from varied backgrounds. Program exercises, facilitated by a team of adult and junior counselors from varied racial and ethnic backgrounds, stress human relations, cooperation, leadership and decision making skills. The students are recruited from the public school system or may be referred by parents or community groups. An effort is made to ensure a diverse representation of racial, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 

Contact Us

     

Pamela Guerrier
Office of Equal Opportunity Director

 
Government Center
301 North Olive Avenue
10th Floor
West Palm Beach FL, 33401
Phone: 561-355-4884
Phone: 561-355-1517
Fax: 561-355-4932 
 
 

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