HACIA offers three different opportunities for students interested in other mediums of expression and community action. These are the Essay Contest, the Art Challenge, and the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (SEC).



At times when gender equality and women's rights are continually discussed, fundamental advances have been made to promote women's labor participation in the spheres of political and economic power in Latin America. However, the gap has remained stable over the past years. Women like Rigoberta Menchú, recognized for her work in defense of human rights and awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1992; Eva Duarte de Perón, who worked for the most disadvantaged Argentineans, and more recently, Presidents Michelle Bachelet of Chile, Christina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina and Dilma Rouseff of Brazil, have become models for later generations thanks to their political and social participation. Let us reflect on the Latin American female representation under the premise of their achievements during the past years and the future challenges they face.



Due March 1

The essay contest is one of the most valuable traditions of HACIA Democracy. It is an opportunity for our delegates to question their ideas about democracy in Latin America, explore the complex reality of the region, practice the art of oration and composition. The author of the best essay, will be personally selected by the President of HACIA Democracy, and will receive the President's Award for Excellence in Essay Composition, and will have the opportunity to read her essay during our Opening Ceremony. 

Your essay should respond to the following questions:

What policies adopted in the region have stood out in favor of women's participation in the spheres of political and economic power and which have been more limited? How important is the democratization process to the role of women in politics? What are the most significant challenges facing women in our region, and what changes must be generated to achieve progressive female participation in leadership positions?

Essays can be written in English or Spanish. All essays must be between 700 and 1000 words. Delegates should include their name, school, country, email address and number of words at the beginning of the essay. All questions should be directed to recruiting@hacia-democracy.org.


Due March 1

Make an art piece that responds to, reflects or expands on the following questions:

How have women made strides towards equality in the last decade in your country? How does this inform your vision of the role of women in the future?

Explain in 100 to 150 words ef your artwork so that the observer can understand the important points ef your project. You should email this explanation to recruiting@hacia-democracy.org. Please include your name, school, and email in the document. All projects must be visual (no songs, poetry, etc.) and can be done with oil, acrylics, watercolors, pencil, charcoal, wood, etc. Art projects do not have to be limited to two dimensions, but they should be able to hang on the wall. Five criteria will be considered when deciding awards: expression of one's personality, professional effort, creativity, aesthetics, and relevance to your topic.



Due Feb. 15

The HACIA Democracy Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (SEC) aims to develop young business leaders with a strong sense of civic participation. Participants form teams to identify a problem in their communities and propose an innovative and sustainable community project. A grand prize will be awarded to the project that best shows extraordinary innovation, impact and sustainability.