Measurably  Healing   P A  R   T    I     S      A    N    S   H  I P. 
Attitude change and its measurement are designed into this experience. To date, respondents in six sample groups who strongly agreed or agreed with a given principle/statement – and then discovered that its origin was someone in the OTHER camp – reported significant drops in participants’ (a) animosity toward those speakers and  (b) felt-justification for partisanship and demonization.

By capturing this phenomenon and analyzing the data, the event and tools will statistically establish which statements of principle are agreed upon across political orientations (and other demographic identifiers) and capture any attendee attitude change that results.

...from school auditoriums with local jurists, experts and representatives to...July 2026 Finals in Washington, D.C.(with a Supreme Court Justice?  An internationally renowned constitutional expert?  Someone from 100 PA Avenue?*)

[*] Expert attendees are representational and reflect no commitment on the part of those mentioned.

Designed by and for ALL Americans.

USPI will be advised by, seek out participation from, and accommodate the needs of recent and historical immigrant groups, indigenous Americans, people with disabilities, and those of varied socio-economic and political orientations.]


“The Unity of Government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. ...But, as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth, is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our Country from the rest.”                   President George Washington, from his Farewell Address to the Nation

Half-day events w/ Community Picnics
Each half-day, community celebration will transpire over three sessions and a community picnic.                

Session I.*   Student participant speeches on a selected principle from one of our founding documents, to address What This Founding Principle Means to My Future. 

Session II.*  Students use the Founding Principles to analyze some 15 statements by today’s political leaders from across the political spectrum.

Session III.* Round-table with noted members of the judiciary, elected officials, and topic-specific experts will create a forum for student conclusions and expert commentary.       

*Storyboards are available to clearly illustrate the above activities & The Wall (where all the fun happens)

Modeled on the

Scripts-Howard National Spelling Bee.

"Art is not propaganda.  It is truth."  John F. Kennedy, 1960

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A 2026 Semiquincentennial Project​

Young people uniting all of US around our founding principles,

The         Principles Initiative, Inc.

The USPI concept.  The US Principles Initiative is a prestigious competition for 8th graders and their community leaders that occasions community-wide, thoughtful engagement with our founding documents, the principles that drove them into being, and how they might steer us to our best future. The half-day community event is built around student speeches on the topic What This Founding Principle Means to My Future.

January - July, 2026

  Creating a national moment when all of US can ...

  • Re-examine our founding principles in the context of 21st century issues.

  • Unpack false assumptions that prop up political polarization.

  • Statistically manifest shared conviction and then celebrate it.

  • Place our founding principles front & center in the national 250th birthday celebration.

  • Serve as a high-visibility, noble, 2026 presence for project partners.

Young people assembling their community and its leaders. 

Each USPI Community Roundtable convenes three groups of key community stakeholders

  • The Contestants will be 8th grade students from across the country.
  • The Expert Respondents will be chosen from regional leaders in the judiciary, government and academia.
  • Audience Participants will include fellow students, middle school teachers, local media and guests.

And ALL will actively participate.