Posted on November 10, 2016.
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.
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Posted on September 15, 2016.
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.
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Posted on September 26, 2014.
Around the globe, 166 countries played host to 2,808 solidarity events. In the United States, over 100 world leaders gathered in New York City, all united for the cause of the People’s Climate March, held on Sunday, September 21st . According to its organizers, this was the largest climate rally ever. Over 400,000 demonstrators took to the streets in New York to urge policy makers to take necessary actions against climate change. The marchers, including several JSA activists, flood the streets of Manhattan with drumbeats, chants, and optimism. Signs for several causes were held by demonstrators, representing a variety of environmental issues, from clean water initiatives to anti-fracking protests.
Despite the differing reasons that the marchers had, all agreed that something had to be done about the rising global temperatures and sea waters. People around the globe joined in, as thousands more protesters marched in London, Cairo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Berlin, New Delhi, Johannesburg, Laos, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Melbourne.
Back in New York City, the movement gained high profile supporters, including several celebrities and politicians. Leonardo DiCaprio, Evangeline Lilly, Jane Goodall, former Vice President Al Gore, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and UN Secretary General Bank Ki Moon all blazed the trail through Midtown. The march came just two days before 120 world leaders and officials descended on New York City for a United Nations climate change summit, where countries worked toward reaching another international climate change accord to be effective in 2020.
The mission of the march, like the Junior State of America, is to strengthen the voice of the people in a democracy. The People’s Climate March challenged global leaders to take the environment seriously, rise above self-interest, and to promote the public good.
Written by YuYan Pu
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