A Senior I Know Essay Contest

An opportunity for children to share how senior relationships have positively influenced their lives.

Older and younger generations have a lot learn from one another and one way to keep younger generations connected to significant older adults in their life is to give opportunities to share how these relationships have positively influenced their values and beliefs.

Every year, The Department of Senior Affairs sponsors the annual A Senior I Know essay contest for students in grades 1-5. In the past, submissions were only accepted if they came through a school. But in this 40th anniversary year, the contest is open to anyone in the appropriate grade range who submits their essay by the Feb. 1, 2023 deadline. Learn more about the rules and how to submit here. You can also download the essay submission form.

But participating in the contest is not necessary to make this a valuable activity! Whether you choose to submit the essay as a contest entry, save it as part of your family history or send it to the senior it’s about, this project is a great way to keep generations connected.

A total of ten winning essays (two per grade level) from each school can be sent to any of the following locations by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Hoover Middle School


Attn: Kessick Blech


12015 Tivoli NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111


Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center


Attn: Esperanza Molina, Youth & Community Program Coordinator


501 Elizabeth SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123


North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center


Attn: Thomas Gallagher, Center Supervisor


7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123


North Valley Senior Center


Attn: Virdiana Rodriguez-Flores, Program Coordinator


3825 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107


A note must accompany the entries stating the total number of students who wrote essays for the contest. Based on the numbers submitted, the appropriate number of Certificates of Participation and coupons will be forwarded to each school by May 2023.


For inspiration, check out last year's 39th Annual Senior I Know Essay Contest Winners of 2021 here. 

38th Annual Senior I Know Essay Contest Winners of 2020.

The 2023 41st Annual "A Senior I Know Essay" Contest Winners Celebration

Essay contest winners will be recognized with prizes and a fun celebration May 2023 at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center from 4:30-6:00pm.