Find your voice. Change the world.
The path to a better democracy is in our future.
Junior State of America programs are where students learn how to participate in our democracy. Through immersive experiences in citizenship, public issues, and activism, they come to understand what’s required to be a responsible leader in their communities.
From JSA to City Council
JSA is driven by a set of fundamental principles to move our mission forward.
We’re on a mission. Our democracy requires respectful citizen participation and ethical stewardship, and JSA exists to empower new generations of responsible leaders.
We’re diverse and unified. The passion and unique perspectives our student leaders, staff, board members, and trustees bring to JSA remind us of our responsibilities to each other.
We’re better together. Our relationships with corporate and community partners help extend JSA’s vision for an engaged citizenry to students across the country.
We’re a force for good. JSA unlocks positive outcomes in our communities, our democracy, and in the lives of our students by fueling civic participation, volunteerism, and activism.
All are welcome to participate in the future of our democracy.
JSA students have an interest in engaged citizenship. They’re tomorrow’s leaders who are ready to shape their communities today.
Our Teacher Advisors provide mentorship for our students and engage them with real-life lessons of civics, service, and activism.
Parents provide support for their child’s interest in politics and civic leadership while building skills for their future success.
Our alumni network of more than 170,000 provides guidance and inspiration for a new generation of JSAers.
We work with organizations that are committed to bridging the political gap through non-partisanship.
I really look back on my days of JSA as being probably—even more so than college or anything else I did—the thing that really prepared me for a career at the top levels of national politics here in Washington, D.C.