Every year, JSA students help plan more than 30 conventions at the chapter, state, and national level.  JSA conventions are a place for learning by doing, political engagement and connecting with peers interested in politics and current issues.

JSA major conventions are held three times per year and bring together chapter members in individual states to debate, dialogue and engage.  At JSA conventions, students are challenged to speak on many issues and understand complex arguments and fallacies.

Conventions expose students to perspectives and ideas that they might not otherwise encounter in their local communities.

Please work with your chapter to submit your registration in a timely fashion. Keep your Program Director in the loop about any potential issues.

Determine Attendees: figure out who will attend the convention (including potential chaperones).

Create MyJSA Accounts: all students attending the convention are required to create a MyJSA account. You can create your account at Students should use correct information and their primary e­mail account to register. It is important that they list their contact information correctly in case of an emergency.

Collect Payments: checks can be made out to JSA; credit card payments may be made over the phone by calling the JSA office at (800) 334-­5353. JSA recommends collecting payments and permission forms before registering your chapter in order to have a more accurate count of delegates who plan to attend.

Collect Parent Permission Forms: located in the registration packet.

Register on MyJSA: You or your Chapter President can register by logging into MyJSA at

  • Select the convention to attend
  • Select your delegates from the drop-down list (this list shows MyJSA accounts for students associated with your school that have not yet graduated)
  • Assign delegates to rooms by gender
  • Please try to keep rooms as full as possible in order to help cut down on costs!
  • Submit the registration

Check school policy on overnight trips

Determine how to secure approval to attend overnight conventions. TAs should check with their school administration about policies and procedures regarding overnight conventions. What does your Chapter need to attend overnight conventions and review any relevant school or district policies? Review convention dates and locations.

Review how to secure transportation. Sometimes transportation must be scheduled far in advance of conventions. Check with the appropriate personnel at your school about booking buses or securing approval for parents to drive.

Permission Forms and Liability. JSA requires a permission slip for each attendee. Determine if your school or district requires additional permission forms to be submitted.

Announce convention dates to your chapter.  Dates and locations may be found on the Calendar or by contacting your region’s Program Director.

Work with your chapter leadership to register for the convention and review convention policies with your chapter.

Before You Register…

Convention registration usually closes one month before a convention takes place. Your region’s Program Director can help you with any issues or questions that you have about convention registration.

Registration Packet. Download your region’s registration packet from the Downloads page. The packet includes convention fees.

Announce Convention. Distribute the registration packet to your chapter members and review convention dates and deadlines.

Scholarships. Explain your region’s process for scholarship applications. Most regions offer scholarships for students to attend conventions. Contact your Program Director for more information.

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