Youth Events

Pro-Life Essay Contest

Each year, the Archdiocese of Omaha hosts a Pro-Life Essay Contest for students, including a cash prize for each grade level (grades 7 to 11):

  • $40 first place prize and award certificate; essay published on Catholic Voice website
  • $30 second place prize and award certificate
  • $20 third place prize and award certificate

Students in grades 7 to 11 are eligible, including students enrolled in Catholic school, Catholic Home School students, students attending Religious Education classes and Catholic students attending public school.

Pro-Life Essay Contest Flier

Pro-Life Essay Contest Entrance Form

All entries must be typed and proofread, no longer than 400 words and printed on only one side of the paper. 

Judging is based on the following criteria:

  • Understanding of the particular aspect of the pro-life message
  • Clarity in communicating the message
  • Creativity and originality

For more information, contact Whitney Bradley at wabradley@archomaha.org or 402.551.9003 x1306. 

Instructions for Teachers

  • Each teacher or religious formation catechist may submit no more than three entries per classroom or from each section of a particular class.
  • The identification form must be completed and attached to the back of each entry. Entries without an identification form will be disqualified. DO NOT include name or other identifying information on front of page.
  • Essays over 400 words will be disqualified. Please instruct your class accordingly.
  • Winners will be notified by email and by mail. First place entries will be submitted to the Knights of Columbus’ statewide contest.
  • Plagiarism disqualifies entry. All quotations and use of facts must be cited.

March for Life

Defend the right to life of the unborn and visit holy and historical sites during a holy pilgrimage to Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life. March for Life is for high school youth and young adults (up to 34 years). The March for Life is held every year in January. The dates vary.

Walk for Life

Local youth make an annual pilgrimage to Lincoln for the Nebraska Walk for Life and Youth Summit. The event is open to students, grades 6 to 12. Walk for Life is sponsored by Nebraska Right to Life.

For more information, contact your parish, campus minister or pastor. 

Boot Camp

Join us for speakers, education, prayer and Mass, activities, movies, food, T-Shirts and special pro-life events. This event is designed for youth, ages 14 to 19.

Pro-life leaders, priests, seminarians and other special guests will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding and defending the truths of the Catholic Faith
  • Planned Parenthood, prayer vigils and sidewalk counseling
  • Contraception
  • Theology of the Body
  • Project Rachel and other diocesan pro-life programs
  • Divine Mercy, Rosaries, Eucharistic Adoration, and Reconciliation

Special events:

  • Pray outside abortion mills
  • Hear testimonies from women facing abortion
  • Participate in the celebration of Mass
  • Share your experience with family members during closing dinner

For more information, contact Whitney Bradley at wabradley@archomaha.org or 402.551.9003 x1306.