Our Mission

The time has come in America for us to stand up as citizens and ask, “What can we do for our country?” In order to protect the values we hold so dear, we must guarantee that generations to come will embrace and uphold the one thing that sets us apart from every other nation. That one thing is the U.S. Constitution.

The 917 Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a passion to encourage young people to know their rights given to them by the U.S. Constitution as citizens.

Our organization is made up of people who care about our country. Anyone can join The 917 Society and help us ensure our youth are educated and celebrate our Constitution. We provide a lasting, durable pocket Constitution for every 8th grader in America free of charge in honor of September 17th – Constitution Day. Click here to see how many constitutions your donation provides.

We the people of The 917 Society realize how vital it is to help our young people understand their rights and find their voice in the freedom the Constitution has given all Americans. Since we don’t receive federal or state funds, we must rely on concerned citizens, like you, to contribute in order to offer this program to our teachers and students free of charge.

All across this great nation, 8th graders memorize the words and take a test, never fully understanding what the Constitution means to them and all of us living in the greatest nation on earth. Becoming a partner of the 917 Society will ensure that our beloved U.S. Constitution will become a guidebook for our youth to carry with them throughout their lives.

With a mission to impress upon students the relevance and practicality gained through an understanding of the U.S. Constitution. We offer a program to celebrate Constitution Day each September 17th FREE to our teachers and students through donations from citizens like you that care about the future of our great Country. We work all year to ensure our 8th grade students will look forward to receiving their Constitution as a “rite of passage” as they grow in citizenship in our beloved Nation and to never take it for granted.

Join the 917 Society and help place a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the hands of our next generation and spark a fire in them to know their rights, know their voice and know their constitution. You can get involved by donating to our mission or you or your organization can volunteer to deliver Constitutions to 8th grade classrooms in your area or both. We welcome all who love our country and our Constitution to get involved and join this movement!

Mission 2021

States We Plan to Reach for SEPTEMBER 17th CONSTITUTION DAY The 917 Society mission for 2021 is to reach 1.5 million 8th grade Students in 14 states in honor of Constitution Day, September 17th! To do this, we are working to raise a total of $500,000 and also coordinating deliveries with our AMVETS State Organizations led by our Tennessee State AMVETS.

  • Tennessee
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Texas

Our Objectives

The 917 Society's goal is to impress on students the relevance and practicality gained through an understanding of the U.S. Constitution. We plan to do that in the following ways:

  • 1. POCKET CONSTITUTIONS Our goal is to provide every 8th grader in the United States with a lasting, durable pocket version of the U.S. Constitution to carry with them as they grow in their citizenship. Each Constitution has the oath of citizenship included on the last page that teachers can use in class if they choose to create a moment to imprint on the hearts and minds of our youth their voice is important and they belong to America.
  • 2. EDUCATIONAL FILM The 917 Society is producing short films on the importance of the U.S. Constitution to every citizen's value and rights. The first film is narrated by Nick Clooney and made available to educators to show in their classroom the week of September 17th, in honor of Constitution Day. Films and Videos will be produced all year and added to the website to encourage students to learn more about our Constitution.
  • 3. INTERACTIVE WEBSITE The 917 Society is building a website that offers educational and curriculum support to teachers and provides social media integration for students to interact with each other for a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution. A resource page is available to educators and students with free lesson plans, games and educational material. We plan to add a student page and 917 Society curriculum in 2021.
  • 4. CONSTITUTION APP Research shows that more 8th graders interface with information through apps than through any other medium. The 917 Society plans to leverage this by creating an app that will allow students to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and its pivotal affect on their lives for the 2021 school year.

Hear what these Professionals have to say about 917 Society and the Constitution

Abraham Lincoln Speaks About the Constitution

David Plazas — Opinion Engagement Eidtor, Tennessean/USA Today Network

Dr. Carol Swain — Retired Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and Law

David L Hudson, Jr. — First Amendment Attorney, Nashville #1

Fabian Bedne —Architect/Metro Nashville Council Memger

Randy McNally — Lt. Governor, Tennessee/Senator 5th District — Tennessee

Courtney Rogers — TN Representative: District 45/USF, TN Air National Guard, Ret.

Help reach 1.5 million

8th grade Students in 14 states in honor of Constitution Day