Our Mission

To strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

How We Achieve Our Mission

In the student-run, student-led JSA, participants learn how to engage civilly in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, JSA is committed to developing a diverse, cross-section of young leaders for a democratic society.

Our Values

The Junior State of America is a civil, all-partisan, welcoming community of students, teachers, alumni, board, staff, and supporters. We respect and care for each other, recognizing that the values that unite us as members of the Junior State community are grounded in learning, together, how to live, together, in a democratic society.


We believe in lifelong engagement with others to affect positive change. We practice learning by doing, using a student-run and student-led model wherever possible. We support creative problem-solving, communication, delegation, and diplomacy. We embrace challenge, failure, and reflection as opportunities for growth.


We believe everyone should have the skills, resources, and opportunities to make their voices heard and generate impact. We promote informed and constructive engagement through dialogue, debate, collaboration, and public speaking. We encourage service with peers, communities, and government. We offer access to college-level curriculum that teaches critical thinking, research skills, and analyzing and evaluating information.


We believe in being informed, improving ourselves, and playing active and positive roles in community and country. We participate in respectful discourse and use reliable sources accurately. We take ownership of our words, decisions, and their consequences. We live up to our commitments.

Diversity & Inclusion

We believe in active, equitable participation. We support opportunities for all. We negotiate and create a constructive environment for open-minded engagement and growth. Through respectful dialogue, sharing perspectives, and challenging ourselves and each other, we explore differences, foster understanding, and learn collaboratively.

Together, we are the Junior State of America!