JSA’s unique, time-tested method puts students in charge of their own experiences, allowing them to explore how to make their voices and actions matter. Through this approach, JSA has prepared more than 500,000 young people for thoughtful leadership in every sector of society.
Alumni and current students agree: this community of leaders has a lasting impact on their ability to address complex issues and have vital but difficult conversations across diverse viewpoints. These skills benefit not only individual students and alumni, but also the organizations they lead, the communities they inhabit and society overall.
Hear from current students about how JSA has impacted them.
The Junior Statesmen Foundation is pleased to announce and welcome our three new members to the Board of Trustees, including a JSA summer school alumni and a former JSA Governor. The Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor of the Junior State of America, a nonprofit founded in 1934 that provides civic engagement and leadership programming for high school youth across the country. Joining our Trustees are Scott Bekemeyer, Karyn Dest Harrington and Jennifer Bunn Hayden. Together, they bring a wealth of experience in law, management and policy, and represent backgrounds with experience from across the country.
Scott Bekemeyer is the Chairman of PRE Diversified Holdings, an investment company which acquires and operates specialty manufacturing companies. Scott holds an A.B. and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University. Scott’s prior experience includes being Vice President of Business Development at ZipRealty and Co-Founder of Sierra Expressway, a commuter airline. Scott loves to travel and he is a former JSF trustee.
Karyn Dest Harrington is Vice President for Strategic Communications at Coca-Cola North America. Karyn began her career as a TV reporter in both Missouri and Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and dual M.B.A. degrees from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada. She also participated in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to various SoCal JSA roles, Karyn is an alum from Georgetown Summer School 1995, Yale 1996, and was a resident advisor for two summers at the Georgetown Summer School.
Jennifer Bunn Hayden is a litigation attorney at Hueston Hennigan LLP. Jennifer began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Josephine Staton of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to law school, she was a Teach for America Corps Member in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she taught fifth grade. She holds a B.S. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Jennifer was Governor of the SoCal State and is an alum of Stanford Summer School 2000.
In the wake of this election, I return to what drives me most days, and that is: How can I change things for the better, right here, right now? Whose life can I improve today? How can I make the city I live in safer today? What can I do to improve the education system and education outcomes for the people in my city today?
It is the TODAY part that motivates me, because I know that each of us can in fact make a difference every day. We don’t need to wait for an election. We shouldn’t wait until we retire or have more time, or finish X or Y. We should do what we can now, today.
There are many organizations that deserve our attention, our energy and our financial support. First among them for me is the Junior State of America (JSA). I am convinced that a student-run organization focused on civil discourse and civic engagement is exactly what our nation needs…today and for years to come.
I watch our incredible JSA students, more than 10,000 of them across the country, grapple with challenging political questions with a grace and dignity few grown ups managed to muster during this political campaign. I find myself in awe of the sophistication of JSA student discourse, and the near boundless empathy they show for their fellow students, regardless of political, religious or ethnic background.
Please help us reach more young leaders with JSA’s unique student-led, student-run programs. I am focused on what I can do to support civic education and the rising generation of leaders TODAY. I hope you’ll join me.
Rachel Kaganoff Stern President, The Junior Statesmen Foundation
Participating in JSA is truly a life-changing experience. Beyond the fun experienced at conventions and chapter activities, students gain skills that are necessary for success in higher education and the work place. Young people are also given a taste of university life, introducing them to the rigors of college-level classes, through JSA summer programs held at Georgetown, Princeton and Stanford.
Your Gift Will Be Doubled! Our volunteer Trustees believe passionately in JSA’s mission and have personally put up a $55,000 matching fund. It will double any amount you give by September 30th!
JSA and No Labels have worked together in the past on several projects. Coming up next month, No Labels has again invited JSA students to attend one of their important meetings, and, as an alumnus of JSA, you are invited too!
On January 14, No Labels will convene its historic Meeting to Make America Work at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. As a JSA alum, you can register for the special registration fee of $10 (reduced from $25).
I hope you have heard about the great work of No Labels before and this is a truly special event. It will feature 1,200 citizens from across America, and the unveiling of a new Problem-Solvers Bloc of congressional representatives who are committed to working across the aisle to solve problems.
The Meeting to Make America Work is one week before President Obama’s inauguration, which gives us a chance to shine a bright light on the essential importance of our leaders coming together to solve problems. And it gives you a chance to meet a great new group of people with many of the same goals as the Junior State of America.
This is a truly historic meeting. Nothing like it has ever been tried before. Stand with current and former JSAers to encourage our leaders to “Stop Fighting and Start Fixing” on January 14th. I hope you will do all you can to attend.
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The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen Foundation is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.
Pricing package details for all Fall State conventions are listed below. Note that these prices apply only to chapters that register online using MyJSA. The paper registration fee is an additional $10 per student. There is also a late fee of $15 per person for chapters that do not complete their registration by the registration deadline.
Fall State Pricing Package Details 2016
EARLY REGISTRATION PRICES
REGULAR REGISTRATION PRICES
Oct. 29 - 30, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 12 – Sept. 25