Twenty-eight finalists were chosen from more than 1,100 middle school students who submitted essays in the nationwide challenge.
The two chosen as ambassadors will represent Shelby County this summer in the DTWT Challenge National Recognition Ceremony in Washington.
The essays of the two ambassadors will be published in The Commercial Appeal on Sunday April 10.
The students from 15 participating Shelby County Schools wrote essays examining the impact of youth violence on their lives and on what should be done to change the culture of violence.
The DTWT Challenge is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop the Violence.
By encouraging students to make personal commitments to do something about the problem, the program seeks to help them break the cycles of violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.
Students from the University of Memphis Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice reviewed the essays and selected the 28 finalists to be honored at the banquet.
A local DTWT selection committee then chose two ambassadors to represent Shelby County in the national challenge.
The DTWT Challenge is sponsored by the Kuwait-America Foundation which aims to strengthen ties between the peoples of the United States and Kuwait.