Posted on August 31, 2016.
The Junior State is excited to celebrate the release of When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America, an insightful new book about how young Americans are reimagining U.S. public policy. The book, written by JSA alumni David Cahn (NES ‘14) and Jack Cahn (NES ‘14), draws on the brothers’ experience crisscrossing the country – from Kentucky to Illinois to Minnesota – where the brothers talked with more than 10,000 millennials about important public policy issues like gun control and the economy.
“In high school, JSA gave us the opportunity to think critically about some of the most important issues facing this country, and a network of peers who constantly challenged us.” said Jack. “Whether is was through Georgetown Summer School, annual conventions, or local ‘mini-cons’ JSA made us better statesmen and more thoughtful leaders.”
Last summer, the brothers flew out to the Montezuma Leadership Conference to conduct focus groups and learn from JSA’s current and future leaders.
“The JSA students we spoke to at Montezuma had such nuanced, thoughtful opinions about the issues they were talking about, it was really inspiring,” said David. “When we got back and incorporated these interviews into our manuscript, they really helped bring our book to life.”
On August 18th , the twins hosted a book launch event at the 92 nd St. Y in Manhattan. The topic of the talk was “What Will America Look Like When Millennials Rule.” The event began with a discussion of what makes millennials different from their parent’s generation. The speakers and audience members highlighted that their generation is the most tolerant of diversity and has access to more information than ever before. Featured guests included Nikhil Goyal, author of Schools on Trial, Kamran Parsa, JSA Northeast Governor, and Rohan Marwaha, JSA Mid-Atlantic Governor. “I think what really sets millennials apart is our access and reach. Every day millennials are exposed to as much information as someone in the 15th century was exposed to in their entire lifetime,” said Rohan Marwaha. “If you just take that into perspective, that’s a lot of information.”
“A lot of our JSA friends came out to support us. It was great to see so many old friends and to have a fun, rapid-fire conversation about the 2016 election and how our generation is going to influence the future,” David said.
When Millennials Rule is dedicated: “To America’s young leaders, the buck stops with you. To the Junior State of America, for investing in a civically engaged electorate.”
David Cahn is a former National Chief of Staff for JSA and Jack Cahn was National Director of Public Relations. Both were active JSA members for four-year as part of the Stuyvesant High School Chapter. The twins are now undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania, where they both study Economics and Computer Science. They are frequent contributors to the Huffington Post.
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Posted on August 15, 2016.
The Junior Statesmen of America is proud to announce that the Arizona-based Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has awarded JSA Arizona (JSAZ) an $80,000 grant for school year 2016-2017. This is the 9 th straight year that the MSRF has provided funding for Junior State programs in Arizona.
The grant supports civic engagement and leadership programs for high school students across the state. Yuma High School Senior, Gaby Tumbaga is an active member and leader in the JSAZ program.
With support from the MSRF grant Tumbaga was able to attend JSA’s intensive, 4-week summer program at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Tumbaga would not have been able to attend without MSRF scholarship support.
According to Tumbaga,“JSA definitely prepared me for my senior year and beginning to apply for colleges. This was the first time I really thought I had a chance at attending and succeeding in a university.”
Spring JSAZ Conference 2016, Arizona Program Director Stuart Luther, left, and students.
JSAZ Program Director Stuart Luther reports that, “The support from the MSRF has been pivotal in the development in of hundreds of young leaders in Arizona.” Luther went on to say that he sees an impact beyond the student participants in JSAZ.
He sees changes in the civic behavior of teachers, siblings and family members of the JSAZ participants. In this way MSRF funding is reaching into the very fabric of the civic life of Arizona. Luther, continued by saying, “Everyday in my role I am inspired by JSAZ students who have had the opportunity to seek their full potential – an opportunity that would not be possible without MSRF financial assistance. The MSRF grant allows the Junior State to provide programs in Arizona to interested students, regardless of socioeconomic status.”
The Junior State is grateful for MSRF’s long-term support of JSA’s programs in Arizona and looks forward to what the two organizations can achieve together in the future.
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Posted on December 7, 2015.
From the Norfolk Daily News – Dec. 3, 2015
High school organization enjoys discussing politics
by JERRY GUENTHER email@example.com
MADISON — For adults, it might be hard to imagine that many high school students can’t remember the attacks of Sept. 11.
The terrorist attacks that forever changed the nation more than 14 years ago occurred when today’s high school students weren’t born or were too young to remember.
That’s where organizations like the Junior Statesmen of America can help. The local organization spread information about it during high school classes on Sept. 11, which resulted in some teachers at Norfolk High School taking time to discuss it with students.
That was one of the stories shared with the Madison County board of commissioners during its latest regularly scheduled meeting.
Jesse Ferguson, a senior at Norfolk High School, is president of the organization, which is more common on the East Coast. Norfolk, currently the only chapter in Nebraska, has had a chapter for about 10 years.
Jesse and other officers with the Junior Statesmen of America said they are considered “isolated and collapsing” because there aren’t nearby chapters, but they would like to see it revitalized.
Their activities include such things as watching the presidential debates and discussing the candidates. They also have their own debates on current events, such as school shootings.
They also like to meet their political representatives when they come to the region.
“We just really like to be involved and stay in touch with them when we can,” Jesse said.
The group is raising $5,000 that will help it travel to an educational conference in Washington, D.C., or Chicago.
The commissioners thanked them for their interest in politics and involvement and suggested some groups that might be able to help them with fundraising.
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Posted on September 19, 2015.
The John Burroughs H.S. JSA chapter was featured in The Burbank Leader. The chapter hosted a thought talk that was led by Burbank Unified School Board member Steve Ferguson. The discussion focused on a newly drafted policy on teen mental health and suicide prevention. Read the full story
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Posted on July 16, 2015.
From the Washington Examiner, July 14, 2015, by Jason Russell: ”A group of 150 high school students huddled around laptops at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on Monday as they competed in a video game competition to demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution. The stakes were high. A tour of the U.S. Supreme Court was on the line.”
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