Become a Volunteer

There are so many ways you can help! Everything from preparing postcards, delivering constitutions, grant writing assistance, phone calling and becoming a social media volunteer.

Scholarship Fund

Donating to the scholarship fund is a great way to remember a loved one or friend. Your donation will help further the mission of providing educational opportunities to deserving students.

Join Us at Our Annual Gala and Fundraiser

March 7, 2024 at Mar-a-Lago Club - Palm Beach, Florida

On March 7, 2024 the 917 Society will gather at the illustrious Mar-a-Lago Club for an occasion that promises to shape the future of America.  Prepare to be enthralled as we celebrate 917 Society’s remarkable achievements and embark on our mission to cultivate patriotism and foster a deep appreciation for the Constitution among our nation’s youth.  The 917 Society’s dedication to providing pocket constitutions to middle school students and their efforts to pass on the founding principles to the next generation plays a crucial role in preserving the values that define the United States.

Meeting of the minds begins with a cocktail party poolside, the Mar-a-Lago Club and beaches lending their backdrop.  Here you will engage with fellow 917 Society members while enjoying the libations and taking in the breathtaking views.  On to the Grand Ballroom where a sumptuous meal specially curated by the top chefs of the Mar-a-Lago Club will be served.  A feast that tantalizes not only your palate, but your intellectual appetite as well.  Our program of entertainment and special guest speakers are sure to inform and inspire you before heading to the decadent dessert bars, a lavish parade of saccharine delights.

This elegant affair promises an unforgettable experience where knowledge and inspiration collide, empowering the future leaders of tomorrow through the guiding principles and unwavering dedication of the 917 Society.

Please join us for this momentous occasion to make lasting memories and an investment in America’s future.

About 917 Society

The 917 Society is a group of nonpartisan volunteers dedicated to the preservation of our Constitution and fostering a love for our country among our youth.  We work with 8th-grade classes throughout the nation by providing classroom materials and personal copies of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to each student as they celebrate Constitution Day (917).  Students are further engaged through essay contests on their love for America and other lasting activities.  Our hope is that these children will carry their personal copy of the Constitution close and use it as a guidebook to good citizenship.

The 917 Society began as a grassroots organization and relies solely on volunteers and private funding. Last year, the 917 Society reached over a million students.  The 917 Society’s dedication to providing pocket constitutions to middle school students and their efforts to pass on the founding principles to the next generation plays a crucial role in preserving the values that define the United States.  Our goal to expand our impact to all 8th-grade students can be realized with the help of people like you! 

Please join us in the fight for the future and donate today!

About 917 Society

The 917 Society is a group of nonpartisan volunteers dedicated to the preservation of our Constitution and fostering a love for our country among our youth.  We work with 8th-grade classes throughout the nation by providing classroom materials and personal copies of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to each student as they celebrate Constitution Day (917).  Students are further engaged through essay contests on their love for America and other lasting activities.  Our hope is that these children will carry their personal copy of the Constitution close and use it as a guidebook to good citizenship.

The 917 Society began as a grassroots organization and relies solely on volunteers and private funding. Last year, the 917 Society reached over a million students.  The 917 Society’s dedication to providing pocket constitutions to middle school students and their efforts to pass on the founding principles to the next generation plays a crucial role in preserving the values that define the United States.  Our goal to expand our impact to all 8th-grade students can be realized with the help of people like you! 

Please join us in the fight for the future and donate today!

The John and Anna Willis Scholarship Fund

Inspired by the parents of the 917 Society’s founder, the John and Anna Willis Scholarship Fund was formed as a way to honor loved ones and further the impact of the 917 Society’s unwavering dedication to educating our youth on the constitution.  John and Anna Willis had a deep love for this country and an understanding that education was a key to success!  They were unable to pursue higher education themselves, but were determined that their three children would be the first generation with college degrees – a goal they realized!   This program brilliantly engages students across the country in essay contests with the critical subject of “The Constitution and the American Dream”.  Young minds are empowered through learning and understanding the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and participate in this lasting activity to compete for a scholarship which helps further their higher education goals.  Donating to this fund not only helps create an informed populace but is also an excellent way to memorialize someone you love.  Take part in our quest to educate our youth by making a donation today.

The John and Anna Willis Scholarship Fund

Inspired by the parents of the 917 Society’s founder, the John and Anna Willis Scholarship Fund was formed as a way to honor loved ones and further the impact of the 917 Society’s unwavering dedication to educating our youth on the constitution.  John and Anna Willis had a deep love for this country and an understanding that education was a key to success!  They were unable to pursue higher education themselves, but were determined that their three children would be the first generation with college degrees – a goal they realized!   This program brilliantly engages students across the country in essay contests with the critical subject of “The Constitution and the American Dream”.  Young minds are empowered through learning and understanding the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and participate in this lasting activity to compete for a scholarship which helps further their higher education goals.  Donating to this fund not only helps create an informed populace but is also an excellent way to memorialize someone you love.  Take part in our quest to educate our youth by making a donation today.

Testimonials

Angie McClanahan
8th Grade Social Studies/ELA
Mt. Pleasant Middle School

My students are so excited to receive their pocket Constitutions from the 9.17 Society. They always ask, "Do we get to keep it?" They love having their own copy. One of the ways I use the pocket Constitutions in class is to do a "Walk Through the Constitution" scavenger hunt. I have them go through the Constitution Article by Article and answer questions from each article. For Article 1, Section 1 the questions are: Who has legislative power in the U.S.? This body has two parts. What are they? I do this for each article and section of the Constitution, so that students can become familiar with what is in the Constitution. Another way I use the pocket Constitutions in class is to teach the Bill of Rights. We do an in-depth study of the Bill of Rights, where the students read them all, put them into modern, kid-friendly language, and do a rank and reason with them. We have the Constitution in our textbooks, but the kids are so much more engaged when they have their own copy that they can flip through to find information and learn about how our government is structured. It makes the learning more fun than reading it out of a textbook. I can't thank the 9.17 Society and its generous donors enough for helping to inspire the kids to want to know about our Constitution.

Dr. Mery Lopez Palma & Armando Palma III

Supporting the 917 Society and its movement in Broward & Florida is crucial for several compelling reasons. Ensuring that every 8th grader across Florida & the United States has access to a pocket constitution and understands the significance of the Constitution of the United States & the Bill of Rights is vital for nurturing informed, engaged, and responsible citizens. This education equips young minds with the knowledge and awareness needed to exercise their rights and responsibilities as active participants in our democracy. I am deeply passionate about this cause because it empowers our youth with the tools to appreciate the foundational principles that our nation was built upon, fostering a sense of civic duty and a commitment to upholding the values of liberty, justice, and equality for generations to come. By supporting the 917 Society, we can ensure that our children are not only informed about their constitutional rights but also inspired to protect and preserve the precious freedoms that define our great nation.

Allen W. Kessinger

For years my department at Stewarts Creek Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee had been concerned about our former, current, and future students’ lack of knowledge and understanding about American Government and Civics. We had been contemplating implementing a civics-based unit for some time but had not found the inspiration to take the risk of losing valuable instructional time in those pursuits.That all changed three years ago when we received our first shipment of the 9-17 Society’s Pocket Constitutions. These gifts where a game-changer and we immediately set about a plan to not only get these booklets (we refer to them as the Blue Book) into the hands of our students, but to fully implement them as the base text for a new program of instruction which is now on The 917 Society Resource Page.

Rodgar McCalmon

What an amazing and powerful site that brings the constitution to life by putting in the hands of our future. (CHILDREN!) We are a Nation that should be proud of what our founding Fathers and God gave us. I am proud when I see our young children reading the Constitution. This is a site that educates not only our children, but all who take time to see its path. It is not political but rather historical and educating.

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