The Samantha Smith Challenge & engagEd

The Samantha Smith Challenge 2015

We are kicking off the 2018/19 Samantha Smith Challenge, an AWTT program developed in collaboration with MAMLE, the Center for Innovation in Education at Thomas College, and inspiring teachers around the State of Maine. This year the SSC will focus on the different aspects of individual and group identities as students learn to become engaged, changemaking citizens. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDELINES NOW TO GET STARTED!




October 30 - November 6, 2018
Louisville, KY
Surry, Maine
Emlen Hall, Bay School, Blue Hill, Maine
Bagaduce Music Lending LIbrary, Blue Hill, Maine
Bagaduce Lending Library, 49 South Street, Blue Hill, Maine
Danville, Kentucky


Tim DeChristopher on state of the "necessity" defense
Tim DeChristopher is interviewed about climate activism and use of the "necessity" defense in a recent WIRED article "Pipeline Vandals are Reinventing Climate Activism."Just this year, DeChristopher and a group of other activists
“Americans Who Tell The Truth Through Law” artist shares stories of democracy, dissent
Brandeis School of Law has posted some nice website coverage about AWTT program there on October 30.
Juliana v. United States Moves Forward, Again
On Friday, November 2 the United States Supreme Court denied the Trump administration’s application for stay in the landmark constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States.
Arena Stage to Honor Eve Ensler with American Artist Award
Arena Stage will present the American Artist Award to Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, activist and author Eve Ensler, one of Arena's Power Play commissioned artists.
Lessons from Ruby Bridges
In this tribute to Ruby Bridges, Edelman recalls the courage of a 6-year old black student in 1960 and calls upon all of us to follow her example. It’s time to thank Ruby Bridges today by following her example and supporting all our childr
Thousands to Rally in Support of the Young Americans behind Juliana v. United States
Trial in the landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit will not start on October 29, but the young plaintiffs will descend on Eugene, Oregon to have their voices heard.Get more details from Our Children's Trust October 15 Press Release.
Rev. William J. Barber II named MacArthur Genius Fellow
When the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2018 Genius Fellows today, Dr. Rev Barber was among the chosen 25. AWWT congratulates Dr. Rev.
Trump Administration’s Desperation Grows as ​Juliana v. United States ​Trial Approaches
In a press release dated October 5, Our Chidlren's Trust reported that the Trump administration has filed another motion with the U.S.
Noam Chomsky at Age 90
Noam Chomsky will turn 90 in December. Here are a few highlights from his work this month (September):
Father Roy Bourgeois Continues to Speak Out Against an All-Male Clergy
Roy Bourgeois responds to recent disclosures about Pennsylvania priests:I am convinced that if the Catholic Church had women priests, the Church would not be in the crisis it is in today.