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Council of Governors Meet in DC

Council of Governors Meet in DC

From May 26-29, the incoming Council of Governors for the 2017-2018 year congregated in Washington, D.C. to meet for the first time and begin setting goals for the upcoming year of the Junior State of America (JSA). The goals focused on convention planning and nationwide attendance, strengthening chapters, Summer programs, and promoting JSA as a household name.

The Council adopted its goals to include all states, synthesizing the various successes of each individual state. Colin Jensen, Chair of the Council and Governor of the Midwest State said, “With so many different ideologies that all have reigned successfully in respective states, it is insightful to see the multitude of ideas we have generated to create effective strategies that can be implemented nationwide to positively benefit JSA.”

 One of the first discussions in which the Council engaged allowed them to converse with Ken White, the chief executive officer of JSA, about the values for which JSA stands. The JSA Values are defined as: leadership, empowerment, diversity and inclusion, and responsibility.  The Council and White discussed the implementation of these ideals within the chapters and among individual statesmen of JSA. In addition, the Council received an overview of the appropriate use of social media given its continually expanding reach, as well as how to effectively use it for publicity and outreach. Mid-Atlantic Governor Ariel Rakovitsky noted that it is “absolutely critical we put our best foot forward to represent who we are as an organization.”

One of the newest activities the Council participated in was a leadership activity that brought insight on how each governor can use their attributes to benefit the Council, and additionally, set goals as a team. As in previous years, the Council structured their goals as S.M.A.R.T: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timebound. Based on these guidelines, the Council focused mostly on increasing attendance to JSA summer programs, surpassing 2016 fundraising totals, launching a new national activism initiative, and brainstorming the process of increasing chapters nationwide.

One of the largest developments of the weekend was brainstorming a new national activism initiative, deemed the Statesmen Salute. The Statesmen Salute would be a nationwide effort to honor veterans, as many of the JSA States’ annual Fall State conventions occur near Veterans Day. The initiative would include sending handwritten letters of support to veterans around the country.

In general, the Council worked on figuring out logistics to maximize the participation rate for activism initiatives, both traditional and new. Specifically, the Council discussed setting a benchmark for participation in Fight Apathy, the current national initiative in place. The Council wants at least 50 percent of all chapters nationwide to participate. Moreover, the Council hopes to emphasize voter registration nationwide to assert and support youth political involvement.

The meeting also included reorganizing and creating a more user-friendly website for both the national and state pages. Additionally, the Council discussed a vision of creating a dependency on the websites for publicizing large events, debate signups, and other announcements. Along with other ways to update delegates, the Council is focusing heavily on expansion throughout all the states to increase not only attendance at JSA Summer School but also the number of chapters nationwide and their retention rate.

The weekend also included a decision about the national themes for both Fall State 2017 and Spring State 2018. The Council decided on Our Nation, Our Values for Fall State and Charting our Future. Finding Our Voice. for Spring State. With these two themes, the Council will begin creating debates and initiatives to create a national impact. Next, the Council is planning for the Montezuma Leadership Summit, scheduled for June 26-29, and is also preparing to reconvene in August to create more quantitative goals for the upcoming year. Overall, the Council of Governors had a productive weekend and is very confident in leading a strong 2017-2018 year for JSA.

 

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BURROUGHS HIGH SCHOOL NAMED 2017 NATIONAL CIVIC IMPACT AWARD WINNER

BURROUGHS HIGH SCHOOL NAMED 2017 NATIONAL CIVIC IMPACT AWARD WINNER

John Burroughs High School in Southern California has been named the 2016-2017 National Civic Impact Award winner.  The Chapter, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has been active in its Los Angeles County community raising awareness about issues like children’s cancer, volunteering for local and state campaigns and promoting the importance of the youth vote.

Burroughs JSA Chapter leadership in their application essay noted that the Chapter is committed to “dissuading the the sort of political apathy that is pervasive among their generation.” As part of its efforts, the Chapter hosted the California Secretary of State at a school-wide assembly and also invited and welcomed several local officials as guest speakers at its weekly JSA club meetings.

“Burroughs JSA is a collective of exceptionally talented and passionate students who have dedicated their efforts to promoting youth involvement in politics and activism in phenomenal ways this year,” the essay noted.

This year alone the Chapter raised more than $2,000 for children with cancer to have summer camp experiences and collected canned food for the local temporary aid center. As the 2016-2017 National Civic Impact Award winner, Burroughs High School will receive a $2,000 grant to continue their civic engagement effort, a $500 grant for their Teacher Advisor and an engraved plaque.

 
Burroughs HS Teacher Advisor David Knatcal and Chapter President Luluea Dubretsion

Burroughs HS Teacher Advisor David Knatcal and Chapter President Luluea Dubretsion

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2017 Chapters of the Year and Statespersons Selected

2017 Chapters of the Year and Statespersons Selected

 

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JSA has named the top Chapters from each of its 10 states at the conclusion of Spring States. Nominated Chapters made a presentation to a judging panel that demonstrated how the Chapter successfully engaged its student body in political awareness, its record of community service, and advocating for change with local elected officials such as the school board or city council. Chapters also had to show how chapter members are actively involved in leadership roles on the regional and national level of JSA.

Judges included high school teachers who serve as JSA chapter advisors, and the decision was based on the chapter’s educational programming and civic involvement throughout the year.  The ten Chapters will now compete against for the National Civic Impact Award, which will be presented in May.

In addition, states voted for their Statespersons of the Year. These are students who have served as mentors for other students, demonstrated values of responsibility, accountability, and leadership. The award is given to a non-elected member of the state.

This year’s Chapters of the Year and Statespersons of the Year are:

Arizona

Kofa High School – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Solomon Jones – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

Northern California

Alameda High School – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Talia Soglin – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

Northeast

Cheshire High School – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Karl Meakin – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

Mid-Atlantic

Bergen County Academies – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Jackie Sun – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

Midwest

District 204 – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Eily Brady – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

Ohio River Valley
Cristo Rey Columbus – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Jordan Parker – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

Pacific Northwest

Skyline High School – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Sean Bleyle – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

Southern California

John Burroughs High School – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Lulea Dubretsion – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

Texas

Saint Mary’s Hall – 2017 Chapter of the Year

Elizabeth Contreras – 2017 Statesperson of the Year

 

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How JSA Has Impacted Young People

How JSA Has Impacted Young People

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.

 

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Fall State Pricing Guide

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 2017

CONVENTIONEARLY REGISTRATION PRICESREGULAR REGISTRATION PRICES
Southern California
(Los Angeles)
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Southeast
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Northern California
Santa Clara Marriott
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120.00
Ohio River Valley
Sheraton Columbus
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 30

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Pacific Northwest
Doubletree Seattle Hotel Airport
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 30

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $225.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Mid-Atlantic
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 10

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Southern California
(Orange County)
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 17

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 31

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $125.00
Texas
Sheraton Austin Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 25

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $215.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee: $250.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Midwest
Madison Concourse Hotel
Dec. 2 - 3, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Nov. 8

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $150.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100.00
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Nov. 8

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 27

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110.00
Northeast
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: Nov. 8

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 27

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200.00

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160.00


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