Junior State of America (JSA) offers a variety of diverse, comprehensive programming designed to develop critical thinking, strengthen leadership skills, promote collaboration across differences, and encourage experiential learning so that our members become civic innovators. Partnerships with schools, community-based organizations, and teacher networks are essential for us to achieve our mission and goals. At JSA, we approach partnerships with a relational and collaborative mindset that honors the student-centered design and values the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Below is a collection of partner organizations as well as highlighted opportunities to amplify civic education and leadership across the country.
Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.
BallotReady is on a mission to make democracy work the way it should by helping voters across the U.S. exercise their right to vote and vote informed on every race and measure on their ballot. BallotReady provides personalized, nonpartisan information to voters in all 50 states.
The Bridge Alliance is a coalition of ~100 organizations working together as active stewards of our democratic republic. Bridge Alliance member organizations span the ideological spectrum, but are unified to work efficiently, outside arbitrarily defined political lines.
BridgeUSA empowers young people to solve problems. BridgeUSA is developing the next generation of engaged, informed, and constructive citizens. Our movement catalyzes the passion of the next generation to invest in the future of democracy.
The Civics Center is dedicated to building the foundations of youth civic engagement and voter participation in high schools through education, organizing, and advocacy. We support student-led, peer-to-peer voter registration and preregistration efforts in high school communities.
Civics Unplugged is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social enterprise whose mission is to empower the leaders of Generation Z to build the future of American democracy.
Compton Unified School District, whose Superintendent is Dr. Darin Brawley, is located in in the south-central region of Los Angeles County, California. CUSD encompasses the city of Compton and portions of the cities of Carson and Los Angeles. The district currently serves nearly 26,000 students at 36 sites and is in the midst of a dramatic turnaround, marked by increases in student achievement rates, a graduation rate nearing 90%, dramatic facilities improvements, and a focus on STEAM throughout all schools. The mission of the Compton Unified School District is to empower leaders to lead, teachers to teach and students to learn by fostering an environment that encourages leaders and teachers to be visionary, innovative and accountable for the achievement of all students.
Girls Learn International (GLI) empowers and educates middle and high school students to advocate for human rights, equality, and universal education in US and around the world, build a movement of informed advocated for universal girls education, and become the new generation of leaders and activities for social change.
HATCH is a non-profit ecosystem that consists of two annual Summits, year-round mentorship programs, and a global network that connects to accelerate solutions for positive impact. HATCH is not a place of ideas. It’s a chemistry set of diverse individuals, industries, and expertise — collaborators, who cross-pollinate to accelerate solutions for positive impact and HATCH A Better World.
The Hope in a Box mission is to help rural public schools cultivate empathy and combat prejudice by representing LGBTQ people, stories, and history in school libraries and classrooms.
iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship
Inclusive America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that will help make the government as diverse as the people of the United States. We believe that “personnel is policy.”
Minds Matter transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.
New Voters is a student-run 501(c)(3) that works towards 100% voter registration in high schools across America. We empower high school student-leaders to host successful non-partisan voter registration drives at their school through a college mentorship program.
Noble is a catalyst for educational equity in Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives. Noble's Summer of a Lifetime partners with JSA to provide opportunities for Noble scholars
The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color, or come from low-income families.
South Bronx Community Charter High School promotes student excellence through an emphasis on academic, personal and professional skills in a supportive and responsive learning environment. SBC students graduate with a positive sense of self, ready to design and realize their futures in college, community and career.