JUNIOR STATESMEN FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.94 stars   204 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 800 S Claremont St, Ste 202 San Mateo CA 94402 USA

Mission: The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen Foundation (JSA) is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

JSA is without a doubt the greatest exercise in civic education and statesmanship out there. It has provided me with an unparalleled experience dealing with every level of civics. JSA has given me the opportunity to whip votes during a model congress simulation, plan debate conferences, and work with amazing peers around the country all dedicated to civic engagement. JSA gives every student the opportunity to have a voice, and is dedicated to maximizing the number of students it can reach. JSA has made an enormous impact on the way I act and look at the world, and it is safe to say my high school experience would have been quite different without it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I joined JSA my freshman year I wasn't expecting it to change my life the way it has. My high school JSA chapter became like a family to me, and weekly meetings became a place where I could learn, grow, and express myself. I am proud to say that over the last three years JSA has influenced the person I am today. JSA gave me the confidence I needed to express myself, keeps me informed about politics, and reminds me how important it is to be an active member of society. Conventions and JSA Summer School have also allowed me to form ever-lasting bonds and meet amazing people, some of whom became my best friends. I hope that JSA can continue to shape students' lives across the country and help them find their voice as it did for me.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Of all the clubs in High School, JSA is the one organization that I have truly connected with. The welcoming atmosphere, the professional attitude of its members, and the extreme passion of everyone involved truly drew me in. Even with the professional attitude, the simple style of debating, was a great outlet for my passion for public speaking. Because JSA is primarily student run, it has given me opportunities to grow with regards to organization, growing as a leader, becoming a more involved person, and becoming a much better speaker. JSA has become a major part of my life and I have made friends that I will cherish for a lifetime, and skills that I will utilize forever.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more involvement after High School for Alumni so that no students have to stop being involved with JSA.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

JSA is an amazing club that I am honestly grateful to be a part of. Joining my freshman year, I was so surprised at how inviting everyone was and the style of debate that JSA offered. Contrary to my belief, JSA was not some type of formal congressional style debate free of all emotion and opinion. JSA's motto to spread democracy has ushered a more casual style of debate that motivates even the non-frequent speaker to say a few opinionated words on the cause that he or she feels strongly about. This openness is honestly what kept me in JSA last year, and is why I would love to stay active over my next 3 years at VHHS!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined JSA my freshman year of high school largely by accident, thinking it would be a fun alternative to "real" debate - and I've never been happier to be wrong. JSA has become a large, integral part of my life these last 3 years, and has molded me into a better speaker, leader, citizen, and person. I honestly don't know where I would be without the people JSA has introduced me to and the skills JSA has taught me; I'm proud to say that the Junior State of America has changed my life in the way it has changed the lives of thousands of students across the country.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it last for my entire lifetime, instead of just 4 years.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

JSA is truly a special organization. I have never seen a group of students more passionate about fighting apathy and actively participating in today's society than the Junior Statesmen of America. I joined JSA towards the end of my freshman year, shy, reserved, and terrified of public speaking. I hoped to find a voice through which I could express my personal opinions, and JSA has given me exactly that. Not only have I become a more confident public speaker, but I've also gotten an opportunity to meet so many new people and forge connections that I never could have made without JSA. This organization is one of the few places in which I can express my opinions in such a positive, encouraging atmosphere. JSA has impacted me in more ways than I can imagine, and I hope others get a chance to have the same wonderful experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a current Senior, I've been a JSA member since my sophomore year. Of course, there's a reason why I've stuck with it. JSA has been one of the most engaging experience I've had with debate. It has constantly prompted me to look at pressing issues from new perspectives, and research to stay up to date with what peers had to say. Not only this, but JSA provides a remarkable amount of opportunities for activism and student leadership, allowing participating students to not only talk about political and social issues, but take a more active role in combating them within their communities. It's been one of the greatest experiences of my high school career, and I'm really looking forward to another year as a JSA member!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ever since I joined JSA in my sophomore year, I can honestly say that my only regret was not joining earlier. I know phrases like "life-changing" are thrown around all the time for the most trivial things but I can honestly say that I would have been a completely different person, both socially and politically had it not been for this organization. JSA's impact has been felt by every single member and I hope that it continues playing such a large role in other peoples' lives as it does in mine.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Everyone that has been part of JSA says at one point “JSA changed my life.” I know that may sound cliché but it is true in every sense of the sentence. Every JSAer, advisor or volunteer could definitely agree with me on it. I personally have grown a lot as a person since the day I joined. I know how to express my ideas more thoroughly and I also learned how to give a speech in front of a group of students that I know will listen to my opinion about political issues. I can’t find the perfect words to describe JSA because you have to live it to believe it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a lot of trouble putting my JSA experience Into words! It is the best possible thing that has ever happened to me. I have meet some of my best friends here and its just such a wonderful experience. I went into JSA not knowing much about the organazition, but once I seen everything I was absolutely blown away. It has opened up so many doors for me and has just made me such a better person. I hope everyone can have such a wonderful experience in their life!

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