Posted on May 22, 2013.
As you know, the U.S. Census forms the basis for many important political, economic and social decisions that affect our daily lives. Census data is used to determine how and where to direct programs and services.
You can help JSA by participating in the 2013 JSA Student Census. Your answers to this short survey will help shape next year’s programs. We will also share the data with our sponsors to help get more funding for JSA.
As an added bonus, if you complete the survey by Friday, June 14th, you will be entered in a drawing for an iPad Mini! At the end of the survey, simply enter your summer contact information, and we will contact you at the end of June if you are the winner. The winner will also be announced on the JSA facebook page.
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Posted on April 30, 2013.
Matthew Motamedi from Crespi Carmelite and Jameela Simmonds from King Drew Medical Magnet are the winners of JSA’s “Be a Part of the L.A. Mayoral Debate” contest.
Thank you to all of the student JSA members who wrote about the issues that concerned them the most in Los Angeles to enter the JSA contest to participate in the upcoming Mayoral Debate sponsored by USC and the LA Times. We received entries from JSA members from every part of the city of Los Angeles – and even some from students who don’t live in LA!
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Posted on March 29, 2013.
The message on her fundraising page couldn’t be clearer: “THANK YOU SO MUCH! I AM GOING TO PRINCETON!” In just 7 days, Jazmin Vergara managed to raise nearly $3,500 to attend the JSA Summer School program at Princeton University.
After completing the JSA Fundraising Academy webinar, Jazmin got right to work. “I first began the fundraising challenge through my school since I had talked to teachers about the program. For the first three days a great majority of the teachers had helped me gain more donations for me by putting the link on their Facebook or Twitter. From there, I realized I can’t just rely on my school… So, I went ahead and sent e-mails to my local mayor, the city council, the board of education, and others,“ she says.
She also faced some struggles. A week after starting her campaign, no one had donated to her. So she decided to, in her words, “kick it up.” “I started going face-to-face to local businesses and telling them my story of how I found this program and how much it means it to me to be able to go and gave them the link [to my fundraising page]. Then, I decided to e-mail the local news outlet… and they responded gleefully and got a story about me out in one night. I also had the help of one of the Board of Education members who I had sent an e-mail to and had sent a new personal referral to about fifty of his friends in the community”
Her increased efforts paid off: “With the press, the city, and my family coming together I felt as if the link to my page was on a billboard! Within about the whole school day I had checked my e-mail and the donations just kept coming. By the end of the day at three o’clock, I got the e-mail saying that I had met what I needed. “
Jazmin also has some advice for other students looking to raise the money for summer school: “Do not be afraid to e-mail anyone and everyone. The more you get your name out there, the more people will want to become invested in you. Brag about yourself!“
JSA Fundraising Academies, which can help students learn how to put together a successful campaign to raise the funds need for summer school, as Jazmin did, are held on Tuesday (7pm ET) and Wednesday (6pm PT) evenings each week through May. To sign up, send an email to FundraisingAcademy@jsa.org with your name and which day you would like to attend Fundraising Academy.
To start your own fundraising page, go to www.jsa.org/summerfundraising
Posted in Be Inspired, Featured, MyJSA, Students, Summer School
Posted on March 18, 2013.
The Junior State of America (JSA) held its annual Winter Congress conventions in Washington, DC during the weekends of February 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24. During these civic education simulations, over 2,200 student delegates played the part of representatives and senators, debating bills that were written and submitted by their peers. The students who participated gained a greater understanding of legislative procedure as well as sharpened their debate skills, and learned more about the issues that concern them. Read the full story
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Posted on February 20, 2013.
By: Mari Galicer
As tourists and Sacramento residents alike gawked at the steady stream of teenagers flowing into the California State Capitol building, I was asked, as I always am, “who are you guys?” from random passerby. And at Northern California’s Winter Congress, I responded proudly as I always do: “We’re from the Junior State of America, an entirely student run political organization. Just here to be the people.” Read the full story
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