Winter Congress

A unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about how legislation is created, debated and enacted.

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  • Date

  • Duration

    2 Days
  • Location

  • Cost

    $115 ($140 after registration deadline)
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At JSA Winter Congress, students experience a legislative simulation. They’ll author bills that are selected for consideration by their peers, then participants will attend committee meetings, offer amendments, and watch the markup process on proposed legislation.

In addition to bill writing, participants will explore other avenues for making change, including service, community building, and equity.

Who Should Attend?

All JSA members are encouraged to attend the Winter Congress event near them. 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.

*Scholarships are available for participants in need.

Key Takeaways
  • Author, debate, and enact bills
  • Hone speech and debate skills
  • Engage with a national theme
  • Discover ways to become involved in your community
  • Make lifelong friends

2023 Winter Congress Conventions

DateHotel LocationRegistration Deadline
SoCal/ArizonaFeb. 4 - Feb. 5Sheraton Gateway
6101 W Century Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Jan. 13, 2023
Pacific NorthwestFeb. 4 - Feb. 5Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
319 SW Pine St.Portland, OR 97204
Jan. 13, 2023
Midwest/Ohio River ValleyFeb. 18 - 19JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West St,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Jan. 27, 2023
NorCalFeb. 18-19Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J St,
Sacramento, CA 95814
Jan. 27, 2023
Mid-Atlantic/Northeast/SoutheastFeb. 25 - 26Doubletree Washington DC - Crystal City
300 Army Navy Dr,
Arlington, VA 22202
Feb. 3, 2023
Feb. 25 - 26
Doubletree Houston-Greenway Plaza
6 E Greenway Plaza,
Houston, TX 77046
Feb. 3, 2023


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