JSA is pleased to announce a three-year partnership agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and preserving the rights of all people. This new agreement extends and expands the existing JSA/ACLU partnership, which began in 2022 with a single summer program. For the summers of 2023, 2024 and 2025, JSA will oversee and manage three summer Institutes for the ACLU.
JSA's role with the ACLU programs is to:
Design, develop and implement a civics education curriculum for high school and college students.
Manage logistics such as travel arrangements and enrichment activities, hire and train program facilitators, and provide onsite student oversight and support.
High school and college students will have the opportunity to attend one of three 2023 Summer Institutes -- the National Advocacy Institute (June 30 - July 6) in Washington, D.C., the Southern Collective Advocacy Institute (July 9 - 14) in Atlanta, GA and Montgomery, AL and the College Institute (July 21 - 24) in New York City. The ACLU expects a total of 750 students to participate in the 2023 programs.
In the summer of 2022, JSA delivered a successful virtual learning experience for the ACLU's 7th annual National Advocacy Institute. Hundreds of high school students learned about JSA's mission while engaging with an interactive civics and advocacy curriculum.
Partnering with the ACLU is a natural fit given JSA's long history in the civics educational programs space and the ACLU's desire to train teens to become civil liberties advocates.