Registration Instructions

Overview

Each student will have to create an account on JSAConnect (previously known as MyJSA). If you already have an account on MyJSA, your login credentials will work for JSAConnect, and your profile information is still saved in your account.

For students registering with their chapter, we accept POs, checks, and credit cards. For individual registrations, we only accept card. You can check your invoice and pay online at JSAConnect. Fees must be paid before the convention, or the students will not be allowed to attend. Scholarships will be applied at the end of the registration process.

How to Join a Convention

1. Announce Convention: Make sure members know the deadlines for registering, and dates and times for the event. Keep tabs of all your members who can attend or not. 

2. Create JSAConnect Accounts: All students attending the convention are required to create a JSAConnect account. Students should use correct information and their primary e­mail account to register. Once you sign up, you will be sent an email with a link to confirm your email. Please check your inbox and spam folder for the confirmation email.

  • Locked out of your account? If you already had a MyJSA account, use those credentials to login to JSAConnect. If the "forgot password" button is sending you through a loop, email tech@jsa.org and we will manually send a password reset link to you.
  • Can't find your high school? Type "Not Listed" into the search box and choose your state of residence. For example, if you live in Illinois, you will choose "Not Listed - IL".

3. Register on JSAConnect:

  • To attend Hybrid events: a chapter must register together and pay together. Only your Chapter President or Teacher Advisor  can register your chapter for a hybrid event on JSAConnect. Start by going to "My Programs", and scroll through all activities and click "register" on the correct event. Make sure all chapter members have created a JSAconnect account so you can register them.
  • To attend Virtual Only events: your Chapter President or Teacher advisor must decide if they want to register as a chapter, similar to hybrid events, or let individual chapter members register themselves. All chapter members must have a JSAconnect account to be registered or to register themselves.

4. Collect Payments: Credit card payments may be made online on JSAConnect. PO forms can be used if the school is paying on your chapter’s behalf. Checks can be made out to JSA and sent to our California headquarters. We highly recommend paying via credit card online, since we will need to receive payment before you can attend the convention. 

  • Membership Dues: If you are an individual, you can pay your dues on the My Chapter tab, or pay during registration. If you are a Chapter President or a Teacher Advisor, you can pay for all member's dues on the My Chapter tab, or during the registration process. Each student must pay $10 to be part of a chapter. 
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5. Scholarships: Scholarships are available if certain criteria are met. Students will be asked questions during the account creation and again during the registration process to determine if they are eligible. The discount will be applied at the end of the registration process. If you are registering a chapter, each student must create an account on JSAConnect and fill out their financial information. After this, a scholarship discount will automatically be applied to all those who qualify.

6. Collect Documents: Each student attending a convention must fill out the required documents. Once you've registered and paid, notify each student to submit their documents. Go to the profile icon in the upper right hand corner, click "My Profile", and navigate to "My Docs". Here, you will see documents for both the event and the chapter, which you can download, fill out, and submit. Both event and chapter documents are required in order to attend the convention. 

7. Conduct Rules: Students must always conduct themselves according to the highest standards of behavior. Students must be considerate of, and respect the rights of, other students and staff, and use appropriate and respectful language at all times. Hazing or any action that creates physical discomfort or intends to embarrass or harass another student will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion from the event. 

Payment Options

Keep a copy of all payment records (invoices, checks, receipts, POs). 

PREFERRED: Credit Card You can make a credit card payment on the JSAConnect portal. This is the quickest and easiest payment method. JSA will also accept credit card payments for registration by phone. Please call (800) 334-5353.

School Check ONE inclusive check payable to The Junior State of America from the school. If your school cannot process your check request before the registration deadline, fax or email a copy of the documentation showing that you have arranged with the school to send the check, plus a guarantee from the school that payment will be received before the start of the convention. 

Purchase Order A school purchase order (must be payable within 30 days of the registration deadline)

Personal Check ONE inclusive check payable to The Junior State for all delegates.

Do not send individual multiple personal checks from the delegates. Do not send cash. Your delegation will not be registered until payment is received in one of the forms listed above.

Contact and Address

Send checks and PO forms to: 

The Junior State of America

70 Washington Street, Suite 320

Oakland, CA 94607

 

General Email: JSA@jsa.org

JSAConnect Questions: Tech@jsa.org

Fax: (650) 347-7200

Fall State 2021 FAQs

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

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Yes, the deadline to register is October 27.

Virtual Fall State conventions are $65.

Hybrid Fall State conventions are $95.

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.