Celebrating Constitution Day and Our U.S. Citizenship
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Ms. Joni Bryan
Joni began her career as a Social Worker for the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources after graduating from the University of North Alabama. Working in the field and supervising a staff, she developed a passion for those who feel voiceless in our society. She went to work for the Muscle Shoals Board of Education as an adult education instructor for the JOBS program. She was able to see firsthand how changing a persons way of thinking empowers them to change their life. In two short years, her GED graduation percentage of students in the program went from only 5% to 35%. Fast forward a few years and she founded The 917 Society after being asked by a civil rights activist when was the last time she had read her Constitution. Realizing this was an ongoing problem in our country of citizens that had never read their Constitution, she set out to make a difference so that our youth would have the opportunity to read and celebrate our Constitution on September 17th Constitution Day.
Number of employees
Source: IRS Form 990
917 SocietyOfficers, directors, trustees, and key employees
SOURCE: IRS Form 990
There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.
917 SocietyBoard of directors
as of 01/20/2023
Board of directors data
Ms. Joni Bryan
Board leadership practices
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Board orientation and educationDoes the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
CEO oversightHas the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
Ethics and transparencyHave the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
Board compositionDoes the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
Board performanceHas the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable
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Race & ethnicity
Equity strategiesLast updated: 03/23/2021
- We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
- We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
- We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.