Posted on January 26, 2011.
For Immediate Release
For more information: Jeff Harris – (800) 334-5353
JSA Honored by National Journal and The Atlantic for Promoting Bipartisanship
Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011 — The media organizations National Journal and The Atlantic honored JSA by donating $5,000 to the organization. The check was given at a Congressional Reception hosted at the Library of Congress prior to the State of the Union. National Journal and The Atlantic chose JSA as recipients of the donation because JSA promotes democracy and bipartisanship in high schools across the nation.
In the wake of the Tucson, Ariz. shootings, National Journal and The Atlantic wanted to highlight an organization that seeks to improve civil discourse in American politics. Terence Samuel, congressional editor of National Journal, presented the check to Jeff Harris, chief executive of JSA.
The focus of the reception was new members of the 112th Congress and was the first of its kind. The event took place in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.
National Journal has been Washington’s premier source of nonpartisan insight on politics and policy for more than four decades and The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of the times, from politics, business and the economy, to technology, arts and culture. National Journal and The Atlantic are published by the Atlantic Media Co.
NOTE TO EDITORS
A high-resolution (300 dpi) JPEG file of a Jeff Harris, JSA CEO and Justin B. Smith, President of the Atlantic Media Company is available at http://jsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Jeff-Harris-Justin-Smith.jpg
Providing civics education and leadership programs for more than 75 years, JSA is the largest student-run organization in the United States. School-year programs take place in more than 450 secondary schools in 35 states, with more than 10,500 dues paying members. Students have developed 10 “states” around the country that have their own political conventions and three-branch governments, with elected “governors,” “legislators,” “judiciary” and “cabinet members.” During the summer, JSA provides three-week summer schools that teach political science, government, constitutional law, international relations and speech communication courses on college campuses such as Georgetown, Princeton and Stanford universities, and well as one-week institutes focused on topics such as media and leadership, at schools such as the UCLA, Princeton, and Arizona State. In 2010 the group launched its first overseas effort, the JSA Diplomat Program at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. The JSA program is supported by the Junior Statesmen Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational corporation, which provides student the guidance and mentoring to run their own programs and administers the summer programs and institutes. It has offices in San Mateo, Calif., and Washington, D.C. More information is available at http://www.jsa.org/ or firstname.lastname@example.org.