About JSA School Year

Student-run, student-led

JSA is the largest student-run organization in the nation aimed at building a generation of leaders who value diversity, inclusion, and empowerment. On high school campuses across the country, students involved in JSA Chapters gain valuable public speaking, critical thinking and leadership skills.

Through chapter debates, conventions, and other activities, students develop their public speaking skills in a non-competitive environment.  Students learn to communicate their opinions, persuasion, and listening to the opinions of others, building 21st-century skills to raise the level of political discourse.

JSA Chapters are located in 35 states and engage more than 11,000 students.

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JSA members learn concrete leadership skills like public speaking, time management, and budgeting as they take on responsibility planning projects in their community, organizing conventions, and leading chapters, JSA states and regions.

Civic Education

JSA members learn democracy by practicing it. And the key to protecting American democracy is training leaders who understand how government works, their role to impact society, and how to impact change. JSA teaches young people the tools to effect change in their community, society and the world.


JSA members are active members of their community. Chapters often host voter registration drives, food drives, and other activities. Additionally, JSA’s national Fight Apathy campaign invites individuals to share their passion by completing the sentence, “I Believe…” to spark conversations on high school campuses.

Get Involved with JSA

JSA is designed for young people by young people because we believe that youth have political efficacy, even if they are unable to vote. We allow students to see and experience democracy at our JSA conventions and summer programs. Across JSA programs, students hear from current political leaders and debate issues that are top of mind for the country.


Whether JSA students choose to advocate a particular position in an election, run for a political office, or to help those less fortunate than themselves, they are given the tools to effect change and be model citizens. For example, JSA students have lobbied politicians to support youth-backed issues.


Any student can learn to be a great leader through JSA. Its student-run nature allows students to lead different departments in each state. Students learn how to work well with others, how to manage large groups, and how to help run low-cost conventions.

Public Speaking

In perfecting their communication skills, students become better leaders. Combining real-life experiences and creating mock forums to debate, legislate and advocate, JSA encourages students to understand and respect diametric viewpoints

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