Youth Programs

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  • Scholarships

  • Oratorical Competition

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Student Competition (STEM-SC)



The New Kemet Harambe Chapter of Blacks In Government® sponsors an annual Patricia Loyd Handy Scholarship Essay Competition. These competitions are open to Chicago metropolitan area high school graduating seniors and college undergraduate students, as an opportunity to compete for a $500.00 scholarship.

Participants who meet the eligibility requirements need to submit all required documents in the application packet, which includes a completed application, a current official school transcript, a clear photocopy of a valid school ID, a letter of recommendation from a school official, and to prepare a 500-word-essay (not to exceed 2 pages) on the below topic: 


In spite of the recent world events and adjustments to our daily routines and lifestyles, do you agree that social interaction should be part of the schooling environment, why or why not, and what would you consider to be a realistic model – in person or virtual learning?

2021 Scholarship Details/Criteria

2021 Patricia Loyd Handy Scholarship Application (download)


Oratorical Competition


The New Kemet Harambe hosts an annual Oratorical Competition for youth in the 9th -12th grade. The National Blacks In Government organization identifies a different topic each year. The New Kemet Harambe Chapter’s competition is open to youth registered in any Chicagoland public school. The Chapter’s competition is typically held in March or April. The winner of the chapter competition goes on to compete at the regional level with the chance to compete at the National level. Cash prizes are awarded. For more information, please contact


There is no current information available about when this competition will next be held. Information is forthcoming.


Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Student Competition (STEM-SC)


The Blacks In Government Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC) was formerly the Information Superhighway Student Competition (ISSC). The ISSC competition was expanded to promote science, engineering, and technology (STEM) capabilities at the local and national level. For the youth, the STEM-SC will also serve to advance their social and economic wellbeing in the United States and internationally. The competition project will give students a quality learning experience and challenge them to develop important STEM competencies. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the competition. Students must work with a subject matter expert (SME) as a mentor.

There is no current information available about when this competition will next be held. Information is forthcoming.