Teachers are the backbone of JSA and an integral part of sustaining strong and healthy chapters from year to year. JSA owes so much of its success to the thousands of teachers who have shepherded their chapters and helped their students realize their potential. Thank you for your hard work!
This guide is designed to be a comprehensive resource for Teacher/Advisors. It contains information on your role, guidelines for supporting your students, and resources to help you succeed. JSA recommends reviewing this guide at the beginning of the year and referring back to it as needed.
If you are ever unclear on anything, feel free to reach out to your region’s Program Director or to the JSA Office by calling us at (800) 334-5353 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for being a part of JSA.
Being a Teacher/Advisor
We use the term Teacher/Advisor, as opposed to Sponsor, in order to emphasize the student run nature of JSA. As a TA, it is your role to support students and guide them throughout the year. It is not your role to do the planning and work involved in the daytoday activity of the chapter. Different students will need different levels of support, but JSA believes that all students are capable of being effective leaders with the right guidance and mentorship.
JSA recognizes that teachers work incredibly hard and balance many other commitments. We are here to help you: JSA staff members can provide support or connect you with other experienced TAs. Thank you for donating your time to our organization and supporting the mission of strengthening democracy through developing student leaders.
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 lifelong involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.
In the studentrun Junior State and at JSA summer schools and summer institutes, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above selfinterest to promote the public good.
The Junior State of America is divided into 10 different regions or “Junior States.” Each region is lead by elected students and supported by JSA Staff. The regions are comprised of chapters in different high schools.
- State Constitution: Outlines the rules and structure of each state; amended through state legislative process
- Governor: Each state is lead by an elected student Governor. The Governor functions as the executive of the region and is in charge of conventions, appointing a cabinet, and overseeing the growth and operations of the region
- Program Director: Full time staff member who supports the region and mentors student leaders. PDs help with the logistics of each junior state and act as a resource to student leaders, chapters, and teachers
- Cabinet: Governor’s appoint a cabinet to run the affairs of a region, roles include Convention Coordinator, Director of Debate, and other positions as determined by the Governor
- Elected Officials: Students in elected position, such as Lt. Governor, Speaker, Senator, Mayor, etc.; positions vary by region
- Chapter President: Student in charge of JSA Chapter
- Chapter Constitution: All chapters are required to have a Chapter Constitution that outlines the rules and structures of the chapter
- Teacher/Advisor: Teacher responsible for supporting JSA Chapter and student leaders