Start a Chapter, Become a Leader.

Bring JSA to Your High School.

How do I Start a Chapter?

    1. Fill Out This Form ✍
    2. Receive an Email with a Chapter Guide ✅
    3. Work with Staff and our Student Leaders 👈 (that's right, we're student led!)

Chapters are the fundamental unit of JSA

Chapters serve as centers of civic engagement and activity in high schools across the nation. There are more than 400 JSA Chapters located in 35 states and 8 territories.

Students meet regularly to discuss current events, debate important issues, educate and involve themselves and their peers in civic life. A JSA Chapter is a great addition to any high school community: students are encouraged to express their opinions in a comfortable environment, develop leadership skills, lead activism efforts, make a positive difference in their communities, and of course, make life-long and friendships! JSA programs are also a great supplement to social studies curricula. Finally, with student leadership positions in event creation and management, debate, communications, fundraising, grant writing, outreach, diversity equity and inclusion, activism, technology, publicity, and more, students’ interests are sure to be engaged, as well as fostered through mentorship, gearing students up for college, career, and life beyond JSA.

If there is not a JSA chapter in your school, fill out the form to learn how you can start one.

What to Expect when Starting a Chapter

Your Teacher Advisor will serve as your mentor, chaperone, and liaison to the school administration for your chapter. They are also often your Chapter’s biggest supporter and advocate. Many chapters choose a government or social sciences teacher, but any enthusiastic educator at your school can fill this role.

Before your JSA chapter becomes official you must obtain approval from your school's administration. This process varies from district to district so it's best to have your TA assist you. Beginning earlier in the school year can expedite the approval process. If you need further assistance contact your region's program director.

Finally, you must recruit members to join your chapter. JSA chapters are open for any high school student of any background or political affiliation to join. To help in your recruitment efforts JSA will send you materials such as posters, flyers, debate handbooks, and other guides. You will also be contacted by students in JSA whose job is to help you with recruitment and chapter building. If you did not fill out the Chapter Start-Up Forms please do so by clicking here.


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