Fall State 2021



Registration Open Now

Registration Deadline: October 27th

Virtual Fall State conventions are $65.

Hybrid Fall State conventions are $95.

*scholarships available


Virtual Fall State: 11/6-7 (PNW, ORV, MW, AZ, NES, SES)

Hybrid Fall State: 11/13-14 (SoCal, TX, MAS)

Hybrid Fall State: 11/20 (NorCal)

 2021 Fall State Theme:

Redefine Democracy

What is Fall State?

Each year, JSA's first convention of the year is guided by a theme selected by our student Council of Governors. The theme reflects perspectives, ideas, and issues that are paramount and relevant to young people in the nation.

At Fall State, debate resolutions will investigate factions of society — from political parties to rural constituencies to activist movements — and aim to inspire empathy and understanding. By bringing together large groups of students with diverse opinions and perspectives, JSA young people learn how to approach problems with open-mindedness and practical solutions.


Our Solution

Students across the country are starting or continuing their leadership and civic action journeys in one of this country’s most difficult times.  

How will we respond?  As passionate change agents in the United States, it is essential that students learn about their rights and protections, and how to be educated and engaged voters.  As presidential candidates and state and local politicians spar over the topics of pandemic response and civil unrest, it is imperative that students remain engaged in the process of civic action. 

How can students respond to these challenging times?  It is no small task, but as a JSA participant, you are no average student.  With the right skills and experience, you can affect the changes needed to move our country forward.  Join us at Fall State to begin or continue your journey of civic engagement.  Participate in debates, thought talks, activism fairs, and connect to others.



10:00 - 10:30: Opening Session

10:30 - 11:20: Block One (Debates)

Break (10 minutes)

11:30 - 12:30: Block Two (Activism)

Lunch (1 hour)

1:30 - 2:30: Social Block

Break (10 minutes)

2:40 - 4:00: Block Three (Debate, SCOTUS and Presidential)

Break (10 minutes)

4:10 - 4:30: Fashion Show

Break (10 minutes)

4:40 - 5:30: Block Four (Debate)

5:30 - 6:00: State Closing Session


10:00 - 11:00: State of the State + Chapter Caucus

11:00 - 11:50: Block One (Debates)

*Snack* Break (10 minutes)

12:00 - 12:40: Keynote

Lunch (1 hour)

1:40 - 3:00: Block Two (Debate, World Leader Conference + Pandemic Crisis Session)

Break (10 minutes)

3:10 - 4:00: Block Three (Debate)

4:00 - 4:30: Closing Session

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When is Fall State?

Virtual Fall State for PNW/SES/AZ - November 6 & 7, 2021

Virtual Fall State for ORV/NES/MW - November 6 & 7, 2021

Hybrid Fall State for SoCal - November 13 & 14, 2021

Hybrid Fall State for TX - November 13 & 14, 2021

Hybrid Fall State for MAS - November 13 & 14, 2021

Hybrid Fall State for NorCal - November 20 & 21, 2021

Who can attend Fall State?

  • Any high school student who is interested in becoming civically engaged can attend our virtual conventions.
  • A Teacher Advisor (or school approved adult chaperone) must attend with their chapter the in-person portion of the hybrid conventions.

Which Fall State should I attend?

You should attend the Fall State being held for the state where your chapter belongs.

If you are not sure which convention to attend, you can reach out to our program staff to inquire at programs@jsa.org.

Do I need to be a member of JSA to attend Fall State?

  • To attend a hybrid convention, which includes an in-person component, you must be a member of JSA.
  • You do not have to be a member to attend one of the virtual conventions, but you should sign up for the convention in your high school’s state.

How can I register for Fall State?

  • If you are affiliated with a JSA chapter, first check with your Chapter President on how your school plans to register and pay for Fall State.  
  • If your state is having a virtual convention, you may register as an individual if your chapter does not plan to register together.
  • If your school does not have a JSA Chapter, you may register for a virtual convention as an individual.

Is there a registration deadline?

Yes, the deadline to register is October 27.

What is the cost of Fall State? 

Virtual Fall State conventions are $65.

Hybrid Fall State conventions are $95.

Are there scholarships available? 

Yes. You can apply for a scholarship in the registration process.

  • An outreach discount is available for any JSA student who receives local, state, or federal aid. A $40 discount is automatically applied at the time of registration if the student identifies themselves as receiving such aid. This makes the price of the virtual conventions $25 and the price of the hybrid conventions $55.
  • There are also $40 scholarships available based on other circumstances of financial need. During the registration process, delegates can choose to indicate a financial need, and describe it in a short answer. Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a deadline to apply for a scholarship?

Yes, the deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 20. We encourage you to apply earlier, as there are limited scholarships available, and they are approved on a first come, first served basis.

Do I need a Teacher Advisor to attend?

  • For the in-person component of hybrid conventions, you must have a Teacher Advisor (or school approved adult chaperone) with you for the duration of the in-person day of the convention. TAs will need to sign up for a supervisory shift, and attend the Teacher Advisor meeting.
  • For virtual conventions, your chapter should have a Teacher Advisor sign up for a supervisory shift, and attend the Teacher Advisor meeting.

Do I need school permission to attend? 

  • You must have school and parent permission to attend the in-person component of the hybrid conventions.
  • During the COVID crisis, each school and district has created their own rules for student participation in extracurricular activities. It is the student’s responsibility to check with their Chapter’s Teacher Advisor before registering for Fall State. If you do not have a JSA chapter at your school, please check with your school principal or activities director to determine if you are allowed to attend JSA’s virtual events. 


Special COVID Requirements

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend in-person hybrid events?

  • You need to either be vaccinated, or be able to show proof of a negative COVID test completed within 72 hours of the in-person component of the hybrid conventions. Home administered tests WILL NOT be accepted. Tests must come from an authorized testing clinic, doctor’s office, or pharmacy.
  • We highly suggest you upload proof of vaccination through JSAConnect prior to arriving at the in-person component of the hybrid convention to speed the registration process. If you upload your vaccination status to JSAConnect, you will not need to submit it again for this school year.
  • If you’re bringing proof of a negative COVID test, you must present on the day of the in-person event. Students or adults who do not provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID test will not be admitted to the convention, and will not receive a refund.

Do I have to wear a mask at in-person hybrid conventions?

  • Yes. Regardless of state or local requirements, all participants at in-person JSA events must wear a mask that completely covers their nose and mouth. There will be no exceptions. A limited number of masks will be available for purchase.
  • Students or adult chaperones who do not keep their masks on will be asked to leave, and there will be no refunds.
  • Cloth masks and single-use disposable masks are acceptable. Bandanas, gators, and ski masks are not appropriate. JSA staff will determine whether a face-covering is acceptable.


CONTACT jsa@jsa.org!