Posted on July 8, 2013.
Early in the morning of July 1, 2013 the students and staff of the JSA Summer School at the University of Virginia loaded a bus bound for Jamestown. Integrated into the curriculum of this unique program are several trips to locations “where history was made.” The students first trip took them to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, and Colonial Williamsburg. Continue Reading
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Posted on July 3, 2013.
On Sunday, June 30, nearly 200 students checked in on campus for the JSA Summer School at Stanford University. This year’s class includes students from 19 states, 5 insular territories/freely associated states and also 4 other countries. It is a diverse, intelligent and energetic group of high school students. The students will be immersed in a three-week program where they will be taking a college level course in one of five subjects: AP US Government, AP Macroeconomics, Constitutional Law, International Relations or Speech and Political Communications. Combined with a debate workshop and speakers program, these students will be poised to become the leaders of tomorrow by JSA’s unique brand of civic education.
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Posted on April 4, 2013.
A new video highlighting The Junior Statesmen Foundation’s (JSA) highly acclaimed AP U.S. History course at the JSA Summer School at the University of Virginia has just been released. High school students will have the opportunity to learn about United States history at the university founded by Thomas Jefferson. The AP U.S. History course that the student will take during this intensive 5-week program is equivalent to a full two-semester course and will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement examination in U.S. History administered in May by the College Board. Continue Reading
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Posted on March 29, 2013.
The message on her fundraising page couldn’t be clearer: “THANK YOU SO MUCH! I AM GOING TO PRINCETON!” In just 7 days, Jazmin Vergara managed to raise nearly $3,500 to attend the JSA Summer School program at Princeton University.
After completing the JSA Fundraising Academy webinar, Jazmin got right to work. “I first began the fundraising challenge through my school since I had talked to teachers about the program. For the first three days a great majority of the teachers had helped me gain more donations for me by putting the link on their Facebook or Twitter. From there, I realized I can’t just rely on my school… So, I went ahead and sent e-mails to my local mayor, the city council, the board of education, and others,“ she says.
She also faced some struggles. A week after starting her campaign, no one had donated to her. So she decided to, in her words, “kick it up.” “I started going face-to-face to local businesses and telling them my story of how I found this program and how much it means it to me to be able to go and gave them the link [to my fundraising page]. Then, I decided to e-mail the local news outlet… and they responded gleefully and got a story about me out in one night. I also had the help of one of the Board of Education members who I had sent an e-mail to and had sent a new personal referral to about fifty of his friends in the community”
Her increased efforts paid off: “With the press, the city, and my family coming together I felt as if the link to my page was on a billboard! Within about the whole school day I had checked my e-mail and the donations just kept coming. By the end of the day at three o’clock, I got the e-mail saying that I had met what I needed. “
Jazmin also has some advice for other students looking to raise the money for summer school: “Do not be afraid to e-mail anyone and everyone. The more you get your name out there, the more people will want to become invested in you. Brag about yourself!“
JSA Fundraising Academies, which can help students learn how to put together a successful campaign to raise the funds need for summer school, as Jazmin did, are held on Tuesday (7pm ET) and Wednesday (6pm PT) evenings each week through May. To sign up, send an email to FundraisingAcademy@jsa.org with your name and which day you would like to attend Fundraising Academy.
To start your own fundraising page, go to www.jsa.org/summerfundraising
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