JSA News

JSA Chapters across the country are earning acknowledge and attention from media and local outlets for their work in the community, awards at JSA conventions and engagement on civic education. Read about some of their latest highlights.

KOFA CHAPTER FEATURED ON KYMA NEWS

The JSA Chapter at Kofa High School was featured on the local news for its Annual Great Debate. The event draws community as well as students to a debate with teachers and students on current topics. To learn more, click here.

JSA CHAPTER AT ALLIANCE SMIDT CONTRIBUTES TO VILLARAIGOSA PROPOSED STUDENT BILL OF RIGHTS

The Alliance Smidt Chapter of the Junior State of America met before the media with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on March 15 to introduce and add student voice to his proposed first-ever California Student Bill of Rights. JSA members Dafne Gonzalez and Brady Carlos spoke passionately as opening speakers about their own experience accessing quality education in their neighborhoods, before introducing Mayor Villaraigosa.

During the hour-long session with Mayor Villaraigosa (now a candidate for Governor of California), JSA members had an opportunity to question the former mayor on aspects of the Bill of Rights draft. Members also broached subjects such as the inclusion of immigrants who arrived as children, commonly called Dreamers, mental health, accountability, and higher teacher pay to keep quality teachers.

According to Dafne Gonzalez, “We are excited to be a part of Mr. Villaraigosa’s Student Bill of Rights because California needs to guarantee more than just an education; it needs to guarantee a quality education.”

JSA MEMBER RUNS FOR GOVERNOR OF KANSAS

JSA Mid-Atlantic member Ilan Cohen is running for governor of Kansas. He was recently featured on WJLA in Washington, DC. To watch the story, click here.

USVI JSA MEMBERS MEET CIVIL RIGHTS ICON REP. JOHN LEWIS

Eight JSA members from the Virgin Islands attended JSA’s MidSoHio (Midwest, Southeast, and Ohio River Valley) Winter Congress in Washington, DC. Members of the delegation won Best Speaker gavels and also had a unique opportunity to meet civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis. To read the story, click here.

Pilibos High School 11th grader wins a position on JSA Southern California Cabinet. SoCal JSA created a new position for Ombudsman as part of its mid-year review of Cabinet positions. Ani Ghazarian, an 11th grader, applied and was selected. Read more about her selection.