The heart of the organization
JSA is a national organization organized at the local chapter level. These chapters collectively form regions that coordinate communication with other chapters in their area to run regional events annually. These regions form states which run three large conventions a year.
On high school campuses across the country, students learn the basics of debate, develop their public speaking skills, and interact with peers across the political spectrum. JSA members are passionate about politics, volunteering, leading, and changing their community, nation, and the world.
JSA chapters serve as centers of political awareness and activity on high school campuses across the nation. There are more than 400 chapters located in 35 states and eight territories. Students come to weekly meetings to discuss current events, debate controversial issues, educate and involve themselves and their peers in politics and government.
JSA allows for an exchange of ideas by stimulating student debates, thought talks, problem-solving, and various simulations. By participating in these activities, each JSA member gains a more intelligent and informed viewpoint. JSA also provides a wonderful chance to meet and make friends with scores of other bright, involved students who have similar interests.