Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) offers learning opportunities that encourage students to become engaged and courageous citizens as they address issues of social, environmental, and economic justice.

From elementary schools to graduate programs, AWTT offers learning opportunities that illuminate the ongoing struggle to realize America’s democratic ideals and model the commitment to act for the common good. Students address issues with lessons and materials that span the educational spectrum from social studies and language arts to science and the creative arts. They learn about individual portrait subjects, highlight Truth Tellers in their own communities, and deepen their knowledge of past and current events that have not been part of their traditional curriculum.

Americans Who Tell The Truth Samantha Smith Challenge

Samantha Smith Challenge

The Samantha Smith Challenge teaches students they can be part of solving the challenges and problems they see around them.

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Speaking Truth to Youth

Watch AWTT portrait subjects talk about what led them to become activists, what continues to guide them, and what advice they have for young activists.

Americans Who Tell The Truth Community Engagement

Lesson Plans

Use AWTT lesson plans to learn about portrait subjects and to identify problems they see around them as they become active citizens who create solutions.

“I went to your session at MAMLE and couldn’t believe how perfectly the project fit with the unit plans I had developed for our ‘You Be the Judge: Justice Through Art’ project. I feel very strongly that SSC [Samantha Smith Challenge] is one of the best educational programs around.”

Caitlin Hutt

Warsaw Middle School Teacher

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