Junior Statesmen Foundation
Rating: 4.94 stars 234 234 reviews 2,773
111 Anza Boulevard, Suite 109 Burlingame CA 94010 USA
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.
youth and teens of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds
Direct beneficiaries per year:
11,000 students nationwide
Geographic areas served:
year-round leadership training and engaging summer schools
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JSA is more than just your average high school debate club. The life-long friendships, professional experiences, and heightened appreciation for our democratic process you find in JSA all not only prepare you to "be the people", but also for life. As a first-generation college student, the research skills, argumentative abilities, and knowledge of current events that I gained from JSA conferences and summer school sessions proved very useful when adjusting to the rigor of college life. I also remember the days before high school when I was apathetic toward politics, but JSA helped me find my voice and that has made all the difference in life, whether I'm preparing for that next internship interview or giving a project presentation.
I came into the Junior State of America my junior year as a very apthetic, heedless, and cynical student. I was cynical towards the government in general; I held the common notion that politcians are full of lies and the average American's voice does not matter. Right after my first convention, however, I knew that I was terribly wrong. I grew aware of the many different ways anyone can engage in the political process and how our voices truly do matter. I am now leaving the Junior State of America as I am graduating this year, but I am taking the values, passion, and knowledge it has embedded within me. Thank you JSA.
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After working with the Junior State of America, I have developed a work ethic, sense of integrity and set of professional communication skills that has carried far incredibly far within my undergraduate career, and I am confident will serve me for life. The Junior State is an organization unlike any other that gives high school kids opportunities and responsibilities that many will not see until they reach mid-level positions, and certainly not until long after college. The Junior State challenges students to grow personally and professionally, while building practical skills and robust character.
The Junior State of America has allowed me to develop as a thinker, a speaker, a leader and a friend. As the largest student run organization in the country, JSA does not teach leadership, but rather provides a tangible leadership experience. With this incredible autonomy, we learn from our own mistakes and the guidance of our peers. While allowing students to find their voice and express their opinions, JSA teaches us to critique ideas, not the people who generate them. Unlike most teenage groups, we exemplify the integral American value of “innocent until proven guilty”. Each student is welcomed into a community of open minds and hearts where everyone is valued and respected. By instilling this confidence in its members, JSA prepares its members to “be the people” who actively engage in our society.
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JSA has impacted my life in an incredible way and inspired me to pursue a career in public service. No other organization serves to empower and encourage young citizens to become politically active and aware than the Junior State of America run by the Junior Statesmen Foundation.
Fantastic organization. Great way to get your foot in the door to politics
Fantastic organization! Thrilled to be apart of the Junior State and love all that the organization does for it's students!
Incredible organization that has changed my life and the lives of many others.
The Junior Statesmen has helped me in so many ways and has taught me not only about politics, but about life in general. In JSA, I am able to speak up and let others know by my own opinions on certain topics. As an audience member, I am also able to acquire new knowledge from my fellow JSA members that I had previously no idea about.
JSA has fundamentally changed my life and my high school career. JSA took me out of my shell and no I seek out opportunities to lead and speak in front of hundreds of people. I've been able to solidify my beliefs and participate in debates allowing me to strengthen my arguments. JSA has even given me the opportunity to go inside the White House, Supreme Court courtroom, and the floors of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. I've not only met many of our nation's leaders but also countless of wonderful people from around the world that I'm now lucky enough to call my friends. All in all JSA is everything a high schooler could ask for in an extracurricular.
JSA is a spectacular organization that promotes activism in the future of our nation. It has helped so many young people learn more about the political process while becoming involved in activism efforts, and I feel proud to count myself among the ranks of those it has served.