America is the journey and destination of any The American Journey Civil Rights trip. On an American Journey, you experience the sites, sounds, culture, food, and people of each city. You will learn about the American history that shapes us, the issues that confront us and how the political process impacts us.
The goal of The American Journey is to empower you to get involved politically and socially to create change in the world. We meet with people, organizations, educators, politicians, activists, artists, musicians as well as community, business and religious leaders in order to understand what we are seeing and how it relates to the various themes and issues we are discussing and debating.
The American Journey is an independent, pluralistic, nonpartisan and nonprofit Jewish educational venture. The beginnings of The American Journey can be traced to 1995 when Founder, Billy Planer began to take the youth group he was running on annual weekend trips to various cities. The American Journey was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on September 11, 2002.
In the Fall of 2004, The American Journey was contacted by a youth group in California as a consultant to assist them in the planning of a Civil Rights Journey in the southeast. The success of that Journey has led to many adult groups, high schools and middle schools, synagogue and church confirmation classes and youth groups, going on The American Journey Civil Rights Journeys during the academic year.
To date more than 18,000 adults and teens have “gotten on the bus” with The American Journey!