Fall State

Begin your journey of civic engagement by participating in debates, thought talks, and activism fairs with JSAers outside of your local chapter.

Fall State girls
  • Date

    November - December 2023
  • Duration

    1 Day
  • Location

  • Cost

    $75 ($100 after registration deadline)
  • Register Now

Fall State is the first JSA experience of the school year. Chapters across your JSA state come together to collaborate, debate, engage in civic activities, socialize, and fundraise. You’ll meet students from across the political spectrum, with diverse life experiences and opinions outside of your own. By meeting with peers outside your local area, you’ll come to understand different perspectives—learning how to collaborate with open-mindedness, debate with respect and fairness, and arrive at practical solutions together.

Who Should Attend?

All JSA school year members are encouraged to attend Fall State. In addition, any high school student interested in becoming more civically engaged can attend any of our virtual experiences. A Teacher Advisor (or school-approved adult chaperone) must accompany a JSA Chapter to the in-person portion of hybrid events.

*Financial aid are available for participants in need.

Special Offer

Receive one free student registration when you register 10 chapter members by your JSA State deadline. Pay $75 per student when you register by the deadline. After the deadline, the price increases to $100.

Key Takeaways
  • Meet members from your JSA state
  • Hone speech and debate skills
  • Engage with a national theme
  • Discover ways to become involved in your community
  • Make lifelong friends

2023 Fall State Conventions

DateLocationRegistration Deadline
TexasNov. 4Capitol Building
Austin, TX

Friday, Oct. 13

NortheastNov. 4Boston University
Boston, MA
Friday, Oct. 13
Ohio River ValleyNov. 4Ohio State University Union
Columbus, OH
Friday, Oct. 13
SoCalNov. 18

California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, Oct. 27
SoutheastNov. 18Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL
Friday, Oct. 27
Pacific NorthwestNov. 18University of Washington Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
Friday, Oct. 27
Mid-AtlanticDec. 2Middlesex College
Edison, NJ
Friday, Nov. 10
NorCalDec. 2

UC San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Friday, Nov. 10
MidwestDec. 2Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Friday, Nov. 10

Sample Agenda

Fall State is a one-day convention that takes place in November and December. Below is a sample agenda.

10:00–10:30Opening Session
10:30–11:20Block One (Debates)
11:30–12:30Block Two (Activism)
Lunch (1 Hour)
2:40 - 4:00Block Three (Debate, SCOTUS and Presidential)
Break (10 minutes)
4:10 - 4:30Fashion Show
Break (10 minutes)
4:40 - 5:30Block Four (Debate)
5:30 - 6:00State Closing Session


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