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JSA/JSF Welcomes Ken White as Chief Executive Officer

JSA/JSF Welcomes Ken White as Chief Executive Officer

We are delighted to announce that the Junior State of America and Junior Statesmen Foundation has hired Ken White to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Ken will be based out of the Burlingame Office with travel to Washington D.C. and other JSA regions as needed. He will begin his service with JSA/JSF on September 6th. Darci Smith, JSA’s iCEO, will oversee the CEO onboarding process and will continue to play a consulting role with the Junior State in the coming months. We are extremely grateful for Darci Smith’s service as iCEO and look forward to maintaining a relationship with her as we move forward.

Ken White has devoted much of his career to enhancing opportunities for people and communities, with an emphasis on the rising generation. A graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s mid-career program, he has worked for nonprofits in a variety of management capacities over the last two decades. Immediately prior to joining the Junior Statesman Foundation, Ken served as Associate Director of the Post Carbon Institute, a leading-edge think tank focused on energy, the environment, the economy, and equity.

Previously, Ken was the Coordinating Director of the Chaordic Commons, Inc., a group created by Dee Hock, the founding director of VISA, to develop new forms of organizations in pursuit of a healthier world. From 1998-2002, Ken served as Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, a citizen-led organization working for representative and inclusive government. One of his significant achievements at Common Cause was co-leading a broad coalition of organizations that successfully passed a Clean Elections Law via ballot initiative, and then mounted an equally effective legislative and legal strategy to uphold and implement that law.

Ken spent the mid-1990s as the Director of Communications for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Coalition of Essential Schools. Immediately prior to his work for Annenberg he held similar posts with Oxfam America and the Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies. He has also been a consultant to numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Ken began his career as a journalist—reporting for a local daily newspaper, writing feature stories and commentary for national publications, and serving as Editor and other roles for several magazines. Ken has served as a spokesperson for several organizations and coalitions, making numerous appearances on television and radio. He has led discussions and workshops on a variety of topics, including democracy, adult development, intergenerational collaboration, communications, and faith and politics.

Ken lives in Richmond, CA, with his wife, Brooke Deterline. His avocations include community building, coaching high school mountain bike riders, trail running, and meditating.

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Junior State of America Gives a Warm Welcome to our Interim CEO Darci Smith

Junior State of America Gives a Warm Welcome to our Interim CEO Darci Smith

We are pleased to announce that the Junior State of America and Junior Statesmen Foundation has welcomed Darci Smith to serve as our Interim CEO. For over 20 years, Darci has provided noteworthy executive leadership and facilitation for nonprofits in the youth and social impact spaces. She will be based out of the Burlingame Office with travel to Washington D.C. and other JSA regions as needed, and began her service with JSA at the beginning of this month.

Darci has previously served as interim executive director at the California Head Start Association, Big Brothers Big Sister of the North Bay, Partnership for Children & Youth, and Congregation Beth Sholom. As long-term executive director of the California School-Age Consortium, she inspired its growth from a small, $20K San Francisco-based organization to a statewide $2M professional association representing over 130,000 afterschool professionals and allied associations. She says of her time with the organization so far, “It’s been a grand start with JSA, bringing myself up to speed with its unique and impactful programs.” She will remain with JSA through the first part of this year until the Junior State secures our permanent CEO.

Darci comes to us through the search firm Brakeley Briscoe, who JSA has retained to help conduct our search for our permanent CEO. JSA has also formed an CEO search committee comprised of former and current board members, a full list of which you can find here. Brakeley Briscoe has been working deeply with our board and staff to find the best fit to help lead Junior State’s focused civic education programs and our lasting and future impact.

Darci brings with her a wealth of experience as an interim executive director at a number of non-profits, a Technology of Participation Facilitator and Trainer accreditation, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. We are very excited to welcome her into the JSA family, and look forward to the work she will accomplish with our students and staff to support our civic engagement programs.

To learn more about Darci Smith and read her bio, we invite you to visit her website.
To learn more about Junior State of America’s open CEO position, you can view our full job description on Idealist.org.

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Junior State of America Awarded $15,000 Grant From The Simmons Foundation

San Mateo, CA – The Simmons Foundation has granted the Junior State of America an award of $15,000 to strengthen its core programs in Texas and improve the number, size, and presence of its high school chapters. Junior State of America strengthens civic participation by engaging high school students in full year and unique residential summer school programs. The grant amount is an increase from the previous year. Read the full story

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Congressman Ed Royce speaks to 500 at JSA Convention in Orange County

Congressman Ed Royce speaks to 500 at JSA Convention in Orange County

It’s unusual to find a group of teenagers who would rather spend their Saturday morning engaging with a state representative on America’s military strategy in the Pacific Arena than sitting at home, watching T.V. This Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, over 400 Orange County high school students came together to debate, discuss, and learn at the Junior State of America’s Fall State Orange County convention. They debated issues dealing with ideology versus practicality, the theme of the weekend, and heard keynote speeches from both Congressman Ed Royce (Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee) and UCLA professor Vanessa Tyson. Read the full story

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Oakland Unified School District Director Speaks to Oakland Tech JSA Chapter

OUSD Board District Director Jody London with Oakland Tech Students

OUSD Board District Director Jody London with Oakland Tech Students

On October 10th, 2013, Jody London, a Board Director in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), spoke to JSAers at Oakland Technical High School on state school funding and the pressing issues that education faces in Oakland. An active parent of two Oakland public school students, Jody London has a long track record of working to better the city’s education system. JSAers at Oakland Tech listened intently to her PowerPoint presentation in which she described the functions of the OUSD School Board and presented her education policy reforms.

After answering questions from a group of thirty-five students, Ms. London was thoroughly impressed by the level of professionalism and critical thinking that the JSAers showed at the keynote event. They were captivated by the way Ms. London was able to connect with her audience and make a compelling case to improve public education in Oakland. When talking on the state of public education in Oakland, she said, “I think Oakland suffers from a chronic inferiority complex. I am disappointed more people don’t choose to stay in the system, because I think our schools have a lot to offer”.

She also went on to talk about the board’s decision to consolidate seven schools and close down five others in Oakland. She remarks, “Right now in Oakland we have 101 schools for 38,000 students. That number doesn’t include charters. Most districts our size have between 50 and 60 schools…As a result of that and some other financial management tools, we think we will have resolved the structural deficit, which is huge”. At the mention of charter schools, former AIPHS alumni Kevin Covarrubias and David Zhu asked Ms. London what her take on the role of charter schools in education should be. In response, Ms. London stated that while charter schools should exist to provide students specific educational alternatives (i.e. military, vocational, etc.), there are a plethora of charter schools in Oakland that don’t serve such a purpose and perform just as well, if not worse, than Oakland’s public schools.

Oakland Tech Chapter President, Dagmawi Fasil, reflects on the keynote event: “I felt that having Jody London come down and speak to us was a great way for our chapter to better understand local politics. Many people enjoyed it and I feel that it was a great experience that our chapter will definitely do again in the near future.”

All in all, this keynote event was a major success and Oakland Tech’s chapter aims to host another event like for next semester. In the meanwhile, this chapter is planning on a debate war with Oakland Charter High School for December and a chapter conference for some time after Winter Congress.

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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


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