Posted on March 21, 2017.
JSA States are turning their attention to Spring State, where students will debate topics related to the theme: Millennial Momentum: Turning the Tide of American Politics. Students will showcase the perspective and passion of the next generation of American voters and civic leaders.
With debates ranging from cultural issues to the increasing forces of globalization and automation, our student leaders will discuss both the opportunities and challenges coming with this transformational period in our nation’s history, and they will decide the path they see as the way forward. In addition to these exciting debate topics, students will also have the opportunity to cast their votes for the student leaders running for office for the 2017-2018 school year. These positions include JSA Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and many other regional positions.
To view the list of upcoming dates for Spring State and Spring Congress in Arizona, click here.
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Apply now for JSA Summer School and get the experience of your life, meeting new friends and earning pre-college level credit. JSA provides students with a comprehensive program designed to create a transformational experience.
More than just a class, JSA Summer Schools integrate lectures, debates, speakers, excursions and social activities – so that the students’ learning experience goes deeper and stays with them throughout college and well beyond.
Plus, the JSA experience doesn’t end at one of our summer programs. Each program provides a unique contextual framework that allows students to come back to JSA Summer again and again and still gain new experiences, deeper insights and tremendous applicable value. Learn more.
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This past February, JSA student leaders hosted six successful Winter Congress conventions across the nation, beginning with conventions in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest and ending with conventions in Southern California and Northeast. Winter Congress 2017 brought together nearly 4,000 students across 17 states for this congressional simulation.
JSA students highly anticipate Winter Congress because of its immersive, engaging format, which differs from that of traditional debates. Instead of pondering riveting resolutions prepared by student leadership, delegates debate controversial bills written by the delegates themselves. In this way, Winter Congress uniquely places control of the debates into the hands of the students themselves, which can make for some incredibly exciting moments in discussion and argumentation. Put simply, Winter Congress is a convention by the students, of the students, for the students.
Bills written by students cover a wide variety of topics – everything from renewable energy to space exploration to free trade to social justice. Once they’re submitted, they’re debated at the convention, and if the bill writers are able to make their case, they’re fortunate enough to see their bill pass through two intense sessions of debate. Below is a list of some of the more popular bills that passed at several of our Congress conventions.
- A Bill to Implement Paid Parental Leave
- A Bill to Reform Health Education in Public High Schools
- A Bill to Remove the Luxury Tax on All Feminine Hygiene Products
- A Bill to Remove Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws for Nonviolent Drug Offenses
- A Constitutional Amendment to Establish Equal Representation for American Citizens Residing in U.S. Territories
- A Bill to Increase Government Funding for Energy Research
- A Bill to Reform the Immigration System
JSA also congratulates those students who were named as Best Speaker in their Winter Congress. This distinction is given to those students whose speeches held the most significance in their respective committees. To view the full list of best speakers from all Winter Congress conventions, click here.
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Posted on December 21, 2016.
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.
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