Tag Archive | "Be The People"

The Voice of Tomorrow

As people across the country headed to the polls on November 8, 2016, JSAers made their voices heard by voting in a virtual election conducted on our app. Check out what tomorrow’s leaders had to say – not only on the candidates for president but on congressional races and ballot measures as well!

These results offer a glimpse at the priorities of the next generation and the representatives that speak to them and therefore offers telling perspective on the political future of America. The students learned the difficulty of making decisions that could change the course of a nation while also developing an understanding of the importance of voting to our American Democracy.  They were also given the opportunity to share their opinion and learn from others by posting on an activity feed that included candidate endorsements, pictures of mock elections at schools, and real-time election updates.

Mauricio Macias, a Senior at Cibola High School in Yuma, Arizona explained the feeling of empowerment he experienced through the online election.“Many high school students don’t have the ability to vote because of age restriction but JSA again gives them an opportunity to express the voice. Being able to vote; even though it wasn’t an official ballot, gave me the opportunity to express my voice and participate in a democratic process that wouldn’t of bee provided otherwise. JSA does this everyday for thousands of high school students and i’m privileged to be be given this opportunity.”


Check out the results below.
Screen Shot 2016-11-10 at 4.30.09 PM.png

Posted in Be Inspired, JSA Today, News, UncategorizedComments (0)

Rising Tides, Rising Voices

Rising Tides, Rising Voices

For youth from the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, climate change is not theoretical; it is a reality. This summer we launched the JSA Global Climate Change Project to empower our students from American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to affect change in their communities. Thanks to the generous support from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, 66 students from these regions participated in JSA summer programs in June and July of 2016. The Global Climate Change Project offered a channel to apply the skills students learned at JSA summer school to real solutions.

Through our program, students learned the latest research about how this global issue impacts their islands. With JSA faculty and staff guidance, they designed strategic year-long projects to engage their communities. Our students cultivated their passion for climate change and felt prepared to return home as advocates. It has been only eight weeks since the end of their summer school sessions, and these amazing students have already progressed with their activism projects.

The feedback we have received on the impact of our program is astounding. Conrad Jr. Timothy, a student from Kosrae in Micronesia said: “It was thanks to the program that each of us can express our ideas proudly and take charge in situations where leaders are needed. An example of this is how I have been forming a group among Kosrae High School’s seniors where we try and get the general public more involved in cleaning our island. We are starting off small by cleaning the school and encouraging the lower grades to participate in our endeavor. Once we get enough recognition for our deeds, we’d be able to clean the streets with the help of multiple organizations in Kosrae. We’re starting to make changes for the better but the Micronesian Activists and I don’t just want to stop there.” We are proud of our students who take on these issues and engage others in their efforts to make a change.

Posted in Featured, NewsComments (0)

Future Leaders Gather at the Birthplace of JSA

Future Leaders Gather at the Birthplace of JSA

During the weekend of August 12-14, 2016, fifty JSA student leaders and six teacher advisors from across the country joined together in Los Gatos, California to deepen their understanding of JSA and soak in the mission of its founder, Professor Rogers, and hone their leadership skills. Having been invited by the governors and program directors, attendees of this year’s Montezuma Leadership Conference entered the weekend prepared to learn and headed home with a widened perspective and invigorated passion.

The Montezuma Leadership Conference opened with background and history of JSA and the mission of Professor Rogers. Student leaders and teachers began to understand the roots of the organization so close to their hearts and appreciate the legacy of Prof Rogers passed into their hands. Attendees then toured the campus of what was originally The Montezuma Ranch School for Boys and continued to acquire knowledge of the organization’s beginnings. They forged a connection with these beginnings as they gazed up into the enclosure of towering Redwoods and planted their feet on the wooden stage on which the graduates of the original school for boys once stood. Olivia Vladyka, Montezuma attendee from Rochelle Park, NJ, shares, “I had an amazing time at the Montezuma leadership summit. I made great new friends and learned that being a leader is about creating a positive JSA atmosphere on cabinet and within the chapters. Giving the graduation speech that Sunday was an experience I will never forget.”

IMG_2583In the location where JSA began, students learned what it takes to be a student leader in the organization, through detailed and engaging workshops on topics such as civic activism & engagement, communication, fundraising, and how to strengthen chapters. Students also had time to get to know each other through various team-building and leadership activities, which allowed them to forge better relationships with each other. Speaking to the knowledge he learned during workshops, Jonathan Johnson, another Montezuma attendee from Washington, said, “It was a perfect blend of education and entertainment. I saw and met lots of new people, and my view of this organization grew immensely as a result. I now have a greater respect for our history, as well as a more accurate picture of how we can better shape our future.” Prior to the conference, students were asked to research a local/state/national problem and come to the conference ready to discuss the issue and probable solutions. Some of the subjects covered in the solution session were the death penalty, deforestation in South Africa, infant mortality in Columbus, Ohio, and voter turnout in the U.S.

On Day Two of the Montezuma Leadership Summit, students had the privilege of listening to guest speaker, Janice Rutherford: a JSA alum, activist and a role model. Janice shared the story of her journey into politics – which began with her participation in the Junior State of America – and her current work as one of the five San Bernardino County Supervisors, a position which she has held for the past 6 years. During the Summit, relationships were built and friendships strengthened. Students learned from the wisdom, aspirations, and passions of their peers. What attendees of the Montezuma Leadership Summit 2016 have gained from their experiences will be carried back to and shared with their local JSA communities, at the state, regional, and chapter level.

IMG_2771Although Montezuma 2016 graduates live in states across the map, the leaders will continue to support one another and work as a team to raise the national non-profit organization to new heights. They are prepared to act as leaders and statesmen/stateswomen in their JSA communities, and to carry what they have learned into all aspects of their lives to be the best people they can be. Governor of Texas JSA, Ajay Singh, shares, “I had the honor and pleasure of planning and coordinating the Montezuma Leadership Summit this past year. Montezuma is truly a transformative experience for the students that attend. Students learn about the history of the Junior State of America at its birthplace in the Montezuma Mountain School; but more importantly, they form strong connections with fellow passionate stateswomen and statesmen from across the country – an experience that allows students to not only broaden their perspectives on political issues, but also exchange ideas on how to revitalize and improve JSA across all states. Montezuma is where many of the strongest, most dedicated JSA leaders have found their passion for the democratic ideals and free-flow of ideas that JSA promotes, and have gone on to become governors of their respective states, as well as leaders in the real world decades later. Montezuma is so important to ensuring that the original message and vision of JSA and of Prof Rogers is not lost.”

IMG_2621IMG_2627 (Large)IMG_2370 (Large)IMG_3209IMG_2703 (Large)

Posted in Featured, MyJSA, NewsComments (0)

2016-2017 National Cabinet Announced

National Chief of Staff: Karl Meakin

KarlKarl is a senior at Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Connecticut. He is incredibly excited to serve as National Chief of Staff for the upcoming year. Karl has been involved in JSA since Winter Congress 2014, and in the past few years has served as the Cheshire High School Chapter President and Northeast State Chief of Staff. He also attended the Montezuma Leadership Conference in 2015. Karl loves JSA for its ability to empower students to speak their minds and become politically involved, as well as the opportunity it provides for him to meet engaged and thoughtful JSA-ers from across the country.

Outside of JSA, Karl is involved in Model United Nations, Young Democrats, and Student Government. He’s also involved in climate and social justice activism with several New Haven, CT based organizations. He can’t wait to work with the inspiring individuals on National Cabinet and the Council of Governors this year!

National Director of Debate: Ian Baucke

IanIan Baucke is a senior from Santa Barbara, California and has been involved in JSA since the beginning of his freshman year. He was previously on Regional Cabinet and the Mayor of the Channel Islands Region in Southern California JSA – this year, Ian will serve as JSA's National Director of Debate and is very excited to work on improving the debate component of JSA. Ian is also a serving his third term as Chapter President for his school, San Marcos High. Ian has graduated from three JSA summer programs at Georgetown University, the JSA Institute for Leadership and Politics at UC Davis, the Gene A. Burd Institute on Los Angeles Media & Politics at UCLA, and JSA’s Montezuma Leadership Conference.

Ian’s passion is politics and in addition to JSA he works on local political campaigns and is involved in his school’s Model United Nations, Young America’s Foundation, Journalism, and LINK Leader programs. Ian is humbled and excited by the opportunity he has to help foster a more civically engaged youth through JSA's debates. He feels confident that this year in JSA will be a successful one and he is very grateful that he has the opportunity to work with rest of the National Cabinet and the Council of Governors in order to create that success.

National Director of Activism: Anna Prisco

AnnaAnna Prisco is a senior at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey. She has been involved with the Junior State for the last three years and has previously served as both Mid-Atlantic Chief of Staff and President of the Bergen County Academies JSA chapter. The summer prior to her junior year she attended the Montezuma Leadership Conference and studied Constitutional Law at JSA Summer School at Georgetown. This year, she hopes that through her role as National Director of Activism she can help educate students on the value of civics and the role of government. She believes that activism is the quintessence of JSA and is excited to work with statesmen and stateswomen all over the country to plan and promote activism initiatives.

Outside of JSA, she competes on her school’s varsity debate team and co-leads The Academy Global, a student-run political publication. She is excited to have to opportunity to serve on National Cabinet and is looking forward to a great year.

National Director of Fight Apathy: Caroline Cai

CarolineCaroline Cai is a senior at Santa Margarita High School in Southern California. Her dedication to JSA comes from the fact that it helped her realize her undying passion for social justice and inspired her to get involved in activism. Having previously worked on the Fight Apathy campaign as a state director of political activism, she is eager to engage even more young people in the political conversation and spark a genuine interest in the issues pertaining to social and political justice. Along with being the National Director of Fight Apathy, Caroline will also serve Santa Margarita's Co- Chapter President.

Outside of JSA, Caroline enjoys participating in Mock Trial, serving as a district director for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, rescuing dogs, reading poetry, listening to music, and has competed in World’s Quest academic and ethics bowls. Among her greatest idols are Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Beyoncé Knowles. She cannot contain her excitement for what the upcoming year in JSA and Fight Apathy will bring!

National Director of Overseas Outreach: Abhay Ram

AbhayComing into his freshman year, Abhay had no clue that an organization called JSA even existed. After hearing about it the second week of school and attending a few meetings he realized JSA was an exciting club. After attending conventions and having the honor to serve as a Chapter Internal Affairs Agent and Chief of Staff for the Midwest State, he realized JSA was a comforting and loving family and community. Now, as as he begins his fourth and final year in JSA, he is ready to take on his new role as National Director of Overseas Outreach. Through holding several positions withing JSA he has realized that this organization is a lifestyle that has become second nature to him. Abhay has JSA to thank for his vastly improved communication skills, his more objective and realistic outlook on life, and a community of friends and mentors from across the country that he can reach out to easily.

When not doing JSA work he can be seen singing in his school choir or driving 30 minutes from his house to catch a couple of Pikachus. He is eternally grateful to the experiences JSA has provided him and is excited for what looks to be a great year on a Midwest State and National JSA level!

National Director of Fundraising: Shehryar Khursheed

ShehryarShehryar Khursheed is a senior at IDEA Quest College Preparatory High School from McAllen, Texas. He joined the Junior State of America his freshman year. Previously, he has served as an Expansion Agent for the Rio Grande County and is currently the Vice-President of his JSA chapter. He attended the Montezuma Leadership Conference in 2015 as well as the JSA Summer Institute at Princeton University. Coming from a smaller chapter without many resources, Shehryar firmly believes in the power of fundraising to make JSA an affordable experience for every member. He hopes to further old initiatives as well as implement new ones to ensure that JSA'ers can experience all JSA has to offer. In addition, he hopes that by facilitating successful state and chapter fundraising campaigns he will enable JSA to host programs that are available to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Outside of the Junior State, Shehryar manages his own investment company, runs his own corporate blog, is president of his school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter and is a member of his school's powerlifting team. In his spare time, he is an avid chess player, an obsessive reader and workout enthusiast.

National Director of Technology: Saharsh Agrawal

SaharshSaharsh Agrawal is a third year JSA member and senior at C. Leon King High School in Tampa, Florida. He has been active in his chapter’s JSA and recently became his region’s Chief Technology Officer. He is now the National Director of Technology for JSA. Saharsh is Java OOP certified and recently worked at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Integrated Mathematics Oncology program where he became proficient in MATLAB programming and used it to model tumor growth to develop more effective therapeutic protocols to combat cancer.

Saharsh is also an ardent Model United Nations debater, FBLA competitor, and violinist in his school’s Orchestra. Along with technology, he loves the idea of entrepreneurship and has started a DECA chapter at his high school. In his spare time, Saharsh loves to play table tennis and basketball. Through his position, Saharsh hopes to increase the utility of existing JSA apps and the JSA website in order to make information easier to obtain.

National Director of Public Relations: Sara Reed

SaraSara Reed is a student at Skyline High School in Washington State. Sara joined JSA her freshman year and became a staff photographer on Pacific Northwest Cabinet her sophomore year. During her junior year, she served as Pacific Northwest Director of Publicity and Skyline High School JSA Chapter President. As Skyline President, Sara brought record convention attendance levels for her school, raising their Fall State attendance by over 450% from the last year. In the past, she studied AP U.S Government at Georgetown University and attended the Montezuma Leadership Conference.

In her spare time, she runs a small photography business for portrait images and enjoys alternative-style music. Sara is looking forward to increasing JSA’s social media presence and increasing accessibility to promotional tools nationwide.

Posted in News, StudentsComments (0)

Fight Apathy Campaign 2016 A Huge Success

Fight Apathy Campaign 2016 A Huge Success

Engaging, passionate, motivating, and inspiring. These are just some of words were used by Fight Apathy campaign hosts to describe their experience with JSA’s Fight Apathy Campaign this year. With 160,000 students in 300+ schools across 32 states participating in the campaign, the impact on America's youth was significant and the largest campaign yet. Fight Apathy 2016 was astoundingly successful by the numbers, but even more so by the stories. The Fight Apathy campaign was started at one JSA chapter four years ago and has become a large nationwide initiative for JSA chapters since.

Sara Reed, student campaign organizer and Senior at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington states, "The Fight Apathy campaign at Skyline high school was incredibly successful. We had over 1,500 students actively participating and voicing their beliefs. The commons were covered in streamers and the classrooms covered with engaging political discussion. Overall, the campaign was an amazing event we can not wait to continue next year!"

This year's Fight Apathy campaign season saw more innovation than ever before. Not only was the campaign being held in elementary and middle schools for the first time, but it was also co-hosted by several different organizations within schools. Fight Apathy reached beyond JSA in new and exciting ways. Students from activism clubs rallying for causes such as poverty relief, feminism, and human rights all hosted the Fight Apathy campaign in their schools this year. These students stated that the Fight Apathy campaign was fulfilling and engaging for students in their school.

Positive feedback continues to prove that Fight Apathy is a worthwhile, effective, and meaningful campaign for ending the stigma that millennials are an apathetic generation. The sticker campaign that started with a single school has turned into a huge event nationwide for the Junior State of America and the future of America.

IMG_2122

IMG_2095

IMG_2097

Posted in JSA Today, UncategorizedComments (0)

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 2016

CONVENTIONEARLY REGISTRATION PRICESREGULAR REGISTRATION PRICES
Southern California
(Los Angeles)
Oct. 29 - 30, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 12 – Sept. 25

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $145

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Standard Registration Period: Sept. 26 – Oct. 13

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Northern California
Santa Clara Marriott
Nov. 12 - 13, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26 – Oct. 9

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $145

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 10 – Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Pacific Northwest
Doubletree Seattle Hotel Airport
Nov. 12 - 13, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26 – Oct. 9

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $135
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 10 – Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $225

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Southeast
DoubleTree Sawgrass Mills
Nov. 12 - 13, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Sept. 26 – Oct. 9

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $145
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $195

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $115
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $230
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 10 – Oct. 20

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $235

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $115
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $230
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $155
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $205

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $220
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $215

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $110
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $220
Mid-Atlantic
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $135
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $225

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Midwest
Madison Concourse Hotel
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $135
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $185


Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $225


Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Ohio River Valley
Cincinnati Marriott North
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $135
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $175
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $225

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $100
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $200
Southern California
(Orange County)
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $145

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Oct. 26

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $185

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $120
Texas
Sheraton Austin Hotel
Nov. 19 - 20, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 3 – Oct. 16

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $160
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $210

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $320
Standard Registration Period: Oct. 17 – Nov. 3

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $250

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $320
Northeast
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Dec. 10 - 11, 2016
Early Bird Registration Period: Oct. 24 – Nov. 6

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $165
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $215

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $320
Standard Registration Period: Nov. 7 – Nov. 23

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: $200
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: $250

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: $160
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: $320


×