Winter Congress


JSA’s Winter Congress 2021 will simulate Congress so students can learn how bills are made and passed. During this convention, participants attend committee meetings, offer amendments, and watch the markup process on proposed legislation. Hone your public speaking skills as a sponsor for a bill and negotiate to gain supporters for your issue in the House and Senate sessions.

Students will design three digital conventions to entice young people to use their voices to tackle some of the most pervasive issues facing our nation. If you are interested in learning more about legislation and bill writing as a mechanism for making change, Winter Congress has always been the place for you. In addition to bill writing, this year participants will explore other avenues for making change, including service, community building, and equity.

In the legislative branch of the United States government, the debates that matter most are those on the floors of the House and Senate. Bills cover topics that the nation faces actively, like gun control, immigration, healthcare, and many more issues -- all written and decided by you.

 Join your fellow delegates for Winter Congress, and take on the job of legislating the toughest issues facing our country.




4:00-4:30pm Opening Session

4:30-5:30pm Speaker

5:30-6:30pm Moderator Training/Intro to JSA/Activism Activity


10:10am-10:30am Party Rallies

10:30am-11:00am Committee Time

11:00am-12:00pm Lunch

12:00pm-1:00pm Committee Time

1:00pm-2:00pm Activism Block

2:00pm-5:00pm Committee Time

5:30pm-6:00pm Regional Meetings

6:30pm Nighttime Activities


9:00am-9:15am Opening

9:15am-10:45am Full Senate/House

11:00am-11:45am Lunch

11:45am-12:50pm Full Senate/House

12:50pm-1:00pm Break

1:00pm-2:00pm Candidate Declarations

2:00pm-3:00pm Closing Session