RESPECT! Challenge 2014


At the heart of the RESPECT! Challenge is a simple question: Who would you like to thank for teaching you Respect? Futures Without Violence and Macy’s, the Founding National Partner of the RESPECT! Campaign, created the RESPECT! Challenge to celebrate the everyday heroes in our lives by sharing inspiring stories from individuals across the country.

By promoting individuals who encourage positive solutions to violence, we help raise awareness and spark a discussion about the importance of role models. Participants can submit short essays or videos to the Facebook application, or by using #RespectChallenge2014 on Instagram or Twitter.

TIMING: Entry Period: October 6 – November 14, 2014

PRIZES: National, Regional and Weekly prizes will be available.

Scroll down to learn more about the 2013 RESPECT! Challenge, and get inspired by checking out last year’s national and regional winners!

RESPECT! Challenge 2013

In 2013, we received thousands of entries from people across America telling us who they wanted to thank for teaching them respect.

The national grand prize winner of a $10,000 donation, a VIP trip to New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and $500 Macy’s gift card was Casey Chow of California. Casey submitted a spoken word video about his father, who he thanks for teaching him the meaning of respect. Casey will donate his prize money to the Donaldina Cameron House, a nonprofit serving the Asian communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eight regional winners received $2,500 for a school or nonprofit organization of their choice, a $2,500 scholarship, and a $250 Macy’s gift card.

To encourage participation in the contest, FUTURES collaborated with Maker Studios to produce a RESPECT! Challenge video featuring YouTube sensations such as Chester See and GloZell. Take a look below!


Meet the 2013 RESPECT! Regional Captains

  • Susan Brostrup-Jensen – Boston, MA
  • Caitlin Burke – Cincinnati, OH 
  • Stephanie M. Clark – Miami, FL 
  • Crystal Mozell – Los Angeles, CA 
  • Melanie McQueen – Chicago, IL 
  • McCandless Petty – San Francisco, CA 
  • Shannon Sandrea MS, LPC – Austin, TX 
  • Naliaka Wakhisi – New York, NY

 Read more about the Regional Captains here.

Download the RESPECT! Challenge Toolkit

We're asking community members to get involved in the RESPECT! Challenge. Whether you're a teacher or a parent, you have an important role to play in this campaign. Check out our RESPECT! Challenge Toolkit for additional resources and tools!

Full  RESPECT! Challenge Toolkit

Help Support the RESPECT! Challenge

 The RESPECT! Challenge is made possible with generous support from Macy's. Their Thanks For Sharing initiative has raised over $100 million for programs like the RESPECT! Challenge since 2002. Enroll in the program for $25 beginning September 11, 2013 to earn 10 percent rewards on most of your Macy's card purchases. Macy's will donate $10 from each enrollment to organizations like Futures Without Violence. For more information visit