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Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. Under the guidance of a Board of Directors chosen from the worlds of law, business, government, education, the media, and the community, CRF develops, produces, and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students, and public-minded citizens all across the nation.

Download a copy of CRF's brochure or annual report.

CRF can assist journalists with expert contacts on a broad range of issues relating to:

  • Civic/Citizenship Education  |  Law-Related Education | Teacher Professional Development  | Service-Learning/Community Service | Youth Leadership Development

If you are interested in setting up an interview, please contact Lisa Cleri Reale at (323) 938-6170. 

News, Commentary, and Feature Articles

How a fake courtroom became ground zero for the high school experience, Los Angeles Times High School Insider, January 18, 2023

A lesson in civility: How an L.A. nonprofit helps students across the country become better citizens, Beverly Press, September 30, 2022

Ethnic studies and civics need to be taught together, not separately (Commentary by Amanda Susskind and Dan Schnur), CalMatters, May 20, 2022

To preserve our constitutional democracy we must teach civics (Opinon by Amanda Susskind and Christopher Riano), SCOCAblog, May 10, 2021

CRF President Amanda Susskind Participates in Leadership Summit on Civic Education, April 23, 2021

The Through-Line in a Career of Public Service (Commentary by Amanda Susskind) , Jewish Journal,  October 13, 2020

Amanda Susskind Named New President of Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles Business Journal, August 30, 2020

After 18 Years, ADL’s Amanda Susskind Moves to the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Jewish Journal,  August 25, 2020

Constitutional Rights Foundation names new president, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 30, 2020

Internship Program Graduates, Torrance Daily Breeze, July 27, 2017

Los Angeles Times (December 15, 2009)—A bill of rights — then, and now.

Los Angeles Times (July 2, 2006)—"In Jefferson's Footsteps"

San Francisco Chronicle (September 21, 2006) "A Republic...If You Can Keep It."


Civic Action Project

Service-Learning Can Be the Bridge to Social Emotional Learning. Educators Should Embrace It., EdSurge

RVHS student helps individuals on the road to recoveryThe Courier Express, South Bethlehem, PA  

2 Hand High School Seniors Collecting 'Goggles For Docs', Daily Patch, Madison, CT

Climate change summit teaches students what's at stakeHouston Chronicle, TX

Social Studies Signal, Ohio Department of Education

Longmont Mayor Called on Offensive BehaviorTimes-Call, CO

RVHS student helps individuals on the road to recoveryThe Courier Express, South Bethlehem, PA 

2 Hand High School Seniors Collecting 'Goggles For Docs', Daily Patch, Madison, CT

Climate change summit teaches students what's at stakeHouston Chronicle, TX

Longmont Mayor Called on Offensive BehaviorTimes-Call, CO

How Teachers Are Using Online Games and Other Tech Tools to Bridge the Partisan DivideSlate.Com

‘Civic Action’ projects puts Ledyard sophomores on the path to changing policy,The Day, CT 

Healdsburg HS Students Ready for Civic Action Project, Healdsburg Tribune, CA

From start times to skate parks, students at Longmont's Silver Creek High lobby for change, Times-Call, CO 

On the Importance of Civic Education, Huffington Post

SMHS Students Make Impact in Sacramento, San Marino Outlook, CA

CAP teacher Valerie Felix Receives The California Civic Learning Award of Distinction

Northwest Cabarrus High School, Equipping Student to Seek Change, Charlotte Observer, NC

St. Anne Students in Illinois Take Civic Action, Daily Journal, IL

Raising Awareness of Opioid EpidemicTimes-Call, CO

Students Advocate for Adoption of Solar Energy in their School District, Times-Call, CO

Books not iPads, Times-Call, CO

Students Recommend Discarding Use of Styrofoam in their School DistrictTimes-Call, CO

Civics in Action, Times-Call, CO

Carmel and Hales Franciscan High School, IL-Students Take Action, Southwest News-Herald, IL

NPR (November 2008) At 16, Calif. Students Say They're Ready To Vote

Gifted Education Communicator (Fall, 2006) "Have We Forgotten Civic Education?"


Press Release

December 8, 2020 —  Court of Appeal to Hold Education Program for High School Students

July 28, 2020  — CRF NAMES AMANDA SUSSKIND PRESIDENT - Nationally Recognized Social Justice Leader Takes the Helm

July 11, 2020 — CRF President Marshall Croddy, Retires

July 10, 2020 — Going for Broke: Our Civic Mission  Statement regarding the killing of George Floyd and Inequality

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