Our Impact

Through participation in Junior State of America, students acquire the skills and gain the confidence to represent their chapters, regions, and states — to represent each other — fairly and ethically. Their passion for citizenship and democracy is infectious, and it spreads to friends and families and into their communities. JSAers will go on to run for city council and state legislatures. They’ll represent us in Washington, D.C. We’re empowering citizen influencers for democracy.

What do JSA participants say?

100% are likely to vote and actively participate in future elections

80% say JSA improved their knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs

73% say JSA has helped with public speaking and interactions with adults

87% show interest in participating in local government events

An interview with JSA alum and Bell Gardens City Councilmember, Jorgel Chavez, the youngest councilmember serving throughout Los Angeles County.

Learning the skills to lead.

At 23, Jorgel Chavez became the youngest city council member in the history of Los Angeles County. Learn how his time in JSA helped spark his passion for government and public speaking.
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More than 500k JSA participants since 1934

Raised $2m annually for scholarships + student-run activities

More than $200k raised by chapters collectively each year


We believe that transparency is essential to building trust and amplifying our impact.

  • I think it’s one of the best programs for young people we have on Capitol Hill. They learn things. They’re able to participate. They’re able to question some of America’s political leaders on every issue. They’re exposed to the government. I think it’s an opportunity that’s very significant for these young people and that’s why I come back.

    Chuck Hagel
    Former U.S. Senator [R-Nebraska] and Former U.S. Secretary of Defense