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Causes: Education

Mission: Constituting america's mission is to utilize the culture: film, internet, tv and social media to reach, educate and inform america's adults and students about the importance of the u. S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Constituting america's mission is to utilize the culture: film, internet, music, tv and social media to reach, educate and inform america's adults and students about the importance of the u. S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Constituting america is the only organization that utilizes the arts to teach citizens about the u. S. Constitution.

Programs: Students' scholastic constitution contest - constituting america's cornerstone initiative, the we the future contest, offers america's students, k-college an opportunity to learn about the u. S. Constitution and our country's founding principles in creative and innovative ways. The contest is designed to influence kids through the culture. This fun and engaging contest awards prizes for original songs, short films, public service announcements, speeches, poems, drawings and essays inspired by the u. S. Constitution. Continued on schedule o. Students' scholastic constitution contest - constituting america's cornerstone initiative, the we the future contest, offers america's students, k-college an opportunity to learn about the u. S. Constitution and our country's founding principles in creative and innovative ways. The contest is designed to influence kids through the culture. This fun and engaging contest awards prizes for original songs, short films, public service announcements, speeches, poems, drawings and essays inspired by the u. S. Constitution. We then promote the winners' works by distributing them through the national media. We are the only organization that utilizes the movies, music and television. We promote the kids' own works to inspire americans of all ages to learn about the u. S. Constitution by distributing their works through the national media. In 2016, we expanded our contest to include two new contests for students--stem and entrepreneurial--and a new teacher category--lesson plan. To enter the stem category, students are invited to submit applied technology projects that can be used to promote the u. S. Constitution. Examples we suggest are a random survey of students to test constitutional knowledge, computer games tied to the constitution or liberties it represents, or apps or web sites showcasing a particular aspect of the constitution's value in contemporary america. To enter the entrepreneurial category, students are invited to design a marketing plan to promote "we the future contest. " we ask that they focus on one specific age group: elementary school, middle school, high school, college, law school/graduate school, adult or senior citizen. Our 2016 stem category winners are both young women! To enter the lesson plan category, teachers must submit a lesson plan that focuses upon the importance and nonpartisan relevancy of the constitution and america's founding principles. Over 2,700 entries have been received from across the nation for the contest (2010-2017), which is judged by a respected panel of well-known judges such as country music star john rich, nashville producer joe scaife, rap star moses uvere, film producers micheal flaherty, suzanne weinert and jonathan and deborah flora,publisher chip flaherty, national council for the social studies terry cherry, texas poet laureate karla morton, best selling author ron hall, foundation for a better life's gary dixon, former white house speechwriter marc thiessen, rice university professor james denicco, texas public policy foundation thomas lindsay and president reagan's former omb director jim miller. Prizes include national exposure and promotion (see "winner promotion" program); scholarship prizes for high school and college students (see below); mentor trips (see "mentor trip" program); and gift cards and other prizes for younger students. Turner maurice gauntt, jr. Exemplary citizen award - in 2014 a new category was added to the we the future contest: the turner maurice gauntt, jr. Exemplary citizenship award. This $4,540 scholarship is awarded annually through constituting america. This scholarship is named for janine turner's father, mr. Turner maurice gauntt, jr. Who was the inspiration in janine turner's founding of constituting america. Janine's father was born on december 18, 1934 and departed this life on january 24, 2014. Janine's father taught her from an early age that we are blessed to live as citizens of the united states of america. He was a west point graduate, and flew with the strategic air command. He was one of the first to fly the revolutionary b-58 hustler at mach 2. Janine's father was brave, honest, and resilient. He inspired her to love her country, and be willing to make sacrifices for her. He inspired her to study history, to value lessons learned from both history and great patriots, and to be of service. Mr. Gauntt valued our country's founding principles and our founding fathers' wisdom. With his exemplary service, he honored our united states constitution. Constituting america awards the turner maurice gauntt, jr. Exemplary citizen award every year to a graduating senior, nominated by a teacher or school administrator, whose character mirrors these values in the four cornerstone areas: stellar academic record, athletic excellence, community service, student body leadership. Through 2017, four students have been awarded this scholarship prize: austin dobbs, currently attending baylor university, lexi lassiter, currently attending university of texas at austin, parker emerich, currently attending texas a&m university and miranda chastain (2017), currently attending texas a&m university. Scholarship prizes for winners - to date, through the we the future contest and the turner maurice gauntt, jr. Exemplary citizen award, 91 middle school, high school, college and grad-school winners have received $149,160 in scholarships from 30 different states, with a total of 152 winners from 33 different states. Elementary school and middle school winners have won a total of $7,000 in gift cards and prizes. In 2017 & 2018 constituting america awarded $31,540 in scholarship prizes to the 2017 middle school, high school, college winners, teacher winners and the turner maurice gauntt, jr. Exemplary citizen award winner, miranda chastain. Our four teacher winners have won a total of $6,000 for best lesson plan.

winner promotion - constituting america is the only organization that utilizes the movies, music and television with the kids' own works to inspire americans of all ages to learn about the u. S. Constitution by distributing their works through the national media. Continued on schedule o. Winner promotion - constituting america is the only organization that utilizes the movies, music and television with the kids' own works to inspire americans of all ages to learn about the u. S. Constitution by distributing their works through the national media. We submit our winners' psa's to television stations across the nation, and they are actually played on tv. As of december 31, 2015 29 television stations had our winners' psa's in rotation with a 2 million reach. We increased this number in 2016 by 500,000 to over 2. 5 million, almost doubling the number of television stations airing our psa's from 29 to 55. In 2016 we also partnered with a well-known national organization--and laid the groundwork--to have our best high school psa winner, laura leigh hicks, psa aired in early 2017 on over 285 tv stations, including directtv and dishtv for a reach of over 3. 9 million. We submit our winners' films to film festivals across the nation. As of december 31, 2017, our winners' films--and our "road trip across america" documentary--directed by co-president janine turner--had been accepted into 25 film festivals, and won awards: "road trip across america" won honorable mention at the northern virginia international film festival in 2015 and award of recognition at the best shorts film festival (doubling our cumulative number as of 2015). In 2016 nolan hicks' psa received the (student) "award of merit" for indie film fest la jolla. In 2017 faith liu's film, we the people, won 2nd place documentary short at the desert rocks film fest. We submit our winners' songs to radio stations and they get played on the radio! In 2015 during our nashville summer mentor trip, belmont university donated their historic quonset hut studio where johnny cash and elvis presley recorded, for us to professionally record our best song winners joy frost, kory shore, isaiah jackson, jim booker and domingo and esteban hiracheta. In late 2015 we hired a record promoter to promote joy frost's single "free to believe. " the promotion began in early 2016, with the result of 24 million impressions of her song on over 65 radio stations nationally. In late 2016 we hired the firm grassroots promotion to promote our best middle school song winners from the dallas independent school district charter school the barack obama male leadership academy, and this firm is currently promoting these outstanding young men through spotify, pandora, itunes, social media and many other e-music platforms. In 2017 we arranged for our best middle school song winners from the dallas independent school district's barack obama male leadership academy to appear on good morning texas, and perform at the july 4 tomball, texas celebration with over 25,000 in attendance! We professionally promoted domingo and esteban hiracheta's winning song, "free to believe and our honorable mention adult category song, "land of dreams," from norm cady and the jeff lewis band. These two songs achieved 59,355,000 impressions, taking our total winning song impressions to 102 million, via 81 radio stations. We create holiday cards from our students' winning artwork, and these cards are mailed out to national, state and local leaders. We also place the winning artwork on notecards that are sold in our store, and given away as prizes at our public speaking events.

george washington speaking initiative for schools & civic organizations - at no cost to the organizations, constituting america founder and co-president janine turner and executive director juliette turner regularly speak at schools, civic groups and senior centers. In 2017 janine and juliette spoke 65 times to schools and civic organizations, bringing constituting america's total reach to 300 speeches to schools and organizations, to over 25,000 students and adults in 22 states. Continued on schedule o. George washington speaking initiative for schools & civic organizations - at no cost to the organizations, constituting america founder and co-president janine turner and executive director juliette turner regularly speak at schools, civic groups and senior centers. In 2017 janine and juliette spoke 65 times to schools and civic organizations, bringing constituting america's total reach to 300 speeches to schools and organizations, to over 25,000 students and adults in 22 states. Constituting america has been able to dramatically increase our number and reach of school speeches by the use "skype and "google hangout" to reach classrooms across the nation in a cost effective manner. During the speeches, janine and/or juliette take students through an age appropriate constitution quiz. Students win prizes and are invited to enter constituting america's we the future contest. Constituting america posts one-minute teaching clips from the school speeches, with over five million impressions of our clips on 6 social media platforms (twitter, linkedin, instagram, facebook, youtube & vimeo. All students receive a pocket constitution and a packet with a contest flier, impact statement, and a copy of the ten-question quiz that guides our talk.

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