Youth Programs

Helen M. Donovan Memorial Essay Contest

This contest held every year for the past 15 years by VSHL’s Northern Virginia Chapter is an essay contest for High School Seniors.  The essay has a different theme every year but always deals with some aspect of pro-life issues.  Details for the 2024 Essay Contest can be found here.  The essay contest is named after a loyal member of the Chapter to honor her pro-life work. 

Alex and Geline B. Williams Oratory Contest

The Alex and Geline B. Williams oratory contest is held every spring for High School Juniors and Seniors.  The winner represents Virginia in the national oratory contest held during the National Right to Life Convention each summer.  Each contestant gets to pick their own pro-life issue to speak on. 

For information on this year’s Oratory Contest, please see this page on the VSHL Website.



Camp Joshua


Camp Joshua is our pro-life teen camp held during the summer.  The camp is a great place for pro-life teens to meet other pro-lifers, have fun activities, learn from exciting speakers and prepare to share their pro-life values when they go off to college.  The 2020 Camp dates and location have not been selected yet but you can go to to see the details from the 2019 camp.