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Trio Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) of Batavia, New York is launching the Break the Cycle campaign for individuals living in upstate New York's GLOW, Allegany, and Cattaraugus counties. The goal of the campaign is to connect and equip first-generation college students as they work to break the cycle of educational and economic disadvantage within their families and communities. 



During the fall semester, Trio AEOC, in partnership with Kinsman Quarterly, will conduct the First-Gen Book Club for students to connect with one another and become inspired by first-gen author, Jeanette Walls, writer of The Glass Castle and Hang the Moon. Likewise, first-generation students can participate in the Break-the-Cycle essay-writing competition. The competition allows students to share how they have overcome barriers to break cycles of generational disadvantage. The top 2 winners of the writing competition in both the high school and adult division will win a PC Laptop.

First-Gen Celebration 
Nov 16, 2023

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First-Gen Book Club

Join us, and other like-minded first-gen students, as we dive into two fabulous books by first-generation author, Jeanette Walls. You will receive both books free when you enroll in Trio AEOC's program. You may join either the biweekly online or in-person book club sessions. Fill out the form here.
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                               ESSAY CONTEST

Trio AEOC, in collaboration with Kinsman Quarterly, is hosting the Break the Cycle Essay Contest. Trio AEOC participants can write about their experiences breaking generational cycles of socio-economic disadvantage by getting an education. The two top winners of the essay contest (one in each of the adult and the high school divisions) will receive a PC laptop and publication in Kinsman Quarterly's literary journal. See details of contest guidelines below. 

Those eligible:

  • high school students and individuals 18 years or older for the adult division 

  • first-generation students

  • participants in Trio AEOC's program

  • participants must reside or attend school in any of the named counties; Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming, Allegany, and Cattaraugus


Contest Guidelines

  • Entries should be between 300-1000 words, double-spaced with 12-point Times Roman Numeral font.

  • Each entry should be an original, unpublished work by the submitting author, which does not infringe upon the copyrights of another individual or entity. 

  • Submission of an essay is automatically deemed licensed to be published in Trio AEOC publications and the Kinsman Quarterly literary journal.

  • Employees and directors of Trio AEOC and Kinsman Quarterly are ineligible to enter 

  • Submissions must be received by January 22, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

  • Submissions should discuss how the author has overcome (or is overcoming) generational cycles through their academic pursuits

  • Participants may not enter more than one submission.

  • Changes to the competition entry cannot be made once a work is submitted.

Break the Cycle Essay Contest
Submission Form

Entries that do not meet the required criteria will be disqualified without notice. Only one entry can be made per submission form. No alterations can be made to the document or artwork once submissions are received. Contest entrants receive free subscription to Kinsman Quarterly's literary journal in order to receive contest updates. Your personal information will not be given or sold to an outside party under any circumstance. You may cancel subscription at any time. 

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