4th Annual Samantha Smith Challenge Celebration with Kelsey Juliana -- 2018

Kelsey Juliana of Juliana v. US will have her portrait added to the Americans Who Tell the Truth Series at the 2018 Samantha Smith Challenge Celebration

Juliana, 22-years-old, who is the suing the government under the Public Trust Doctrine to demand government action on Climate Change, will speak to Maine middle school students about civic engagement: "We have everything to gain from taking action and everything to lose from not."

Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT), an organization that promotes civic engagement through its "Models of Courageous Citizenship", a series of 240 portrait by Robert Shetterly, and the Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) will host the fourth annual Samantha Smith Challenge, an art, education, and civic engagement conference for Maine middle school students, at Thomas College on Monday, June 4.

During the event, 22-year-old Kelsey Juliana of the landmark public trust case, Juliana v. US, who has given a TedTalk, been interviewed by Bill Moyers, and received numerous awards, will address the Maine students, and have her portrait unveiled and added to the Americans Who Tell the Truth exhibit by organization founder and painter Robert Shetterly.  

More than 300 students will be in attendance from the following schools: Gorham Middle School; Lamoine Consolidated School; J.A. Leonard Middle School; Messalonskee Middle School; Indian Island School; Orono Middle School; Warsaw Middle School; and the Bruce M. Whittier Middle School. The education organization Operation Breaking Stereotypes led a cohort of students in a joint project from the Leonard, Orono, and Indian Island schools.

Schedule of events:

  •  10 a.m. – Welcome by Connie Carter, Americans Who Tell the Truth; Katie Rybakova, Executive Director of MAMLE and Professor of Education at Thomas College
  • 10:10 a.m. – Portrait Unveiling of Kelsey Juliana
  • 10:25 a.m. – Exhibit viewing of students' artwork and civic engagement projects.
  • 11:05 a.m. – Forum Discussions of related student groups, ranging from Gun Violence, to Climate Change, to Freedom of Religion, and Racial Equity.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Kelsey Juliana addresses the students with a message of engagement and hope.
  • 12:15 p.m. – Presentation of SSC Posters to the Participating Schools.
  • 12:30 p.m.  – Closing by Thomas College President Laurie Lachance and Robert Shetterly

For more information, please contact Connie Carter. connie@americanswhotellthetruth.org / 207-576-8000