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This I Believe Illinois
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This I Believe Illinois is NPR Illinois' annual essay program for Illinois high school seniors. An expression of where their minds are as they prepare to enter the adult world.

Thank you to all who participated in the January 2022 program! NPR Illinois is expanding youth engagement programs this year and is moving the This I Believe Essay Program to the fall. The October 2022 NPR Illinois This I Believe essay program will be accepting submissions September 26th - October 19th 2022. Please read the updated Writing Guidelines and Important Deadlines & Dates. Please email bbonn3@uis.edu or call 217-206-6568 for additional details and questions.

Important Deadlines & Dates
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