Spring State

JSA’s final convention for the year, this is where students step out as leaders and elect new leaders.

America Moving Forward: Democracy in the 21st Century

Every era brings change—cultural, environmental, and political. Over the decades, democracy in the United States has adapted to new conditions. In the 21st century, radical developments in science and technology has led to great political and cultural upheaval. With rising threats to American influence in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, some argue that democracy faces serious challenge with the rise of authoritarianism and demagoguery.

At Spring State, JSA delegates from across the nation will propose a myriad of options and solutions to the global, national, and local issues arising for democracy in the 21st century. Listen to the debates, propose a Thought Talk, and engage in civil dialogue to improve the understanding—and change—the democracy we live in.

Armed with new knowledge, delegates will be empowered to activate change in their communities. In addition to discussing the future of global democracy, JSA delegates will also campaign, vote, and elect new JSA leaders.

Ohio River ValleyApril 4th through 5thFlorence, KYHilton Cincinnati Airport
ArizonaApril 17th-19thTempe, AZEmbassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe
Southern CaliforniaApril 18th-19thIrvine, CAIrvine Marriott
SoutheastApril 18th-19thKissimmee, FLThe Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration
TexasApril 18th-19thHouston, TXJW Marriott Houston
Pacific NorthwestApril 25-26thSeattle, WADoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport - Southcenter
Northern CaliforniaApril 25-26thSan Jose, CAHoliday Inn San Jose-Silicon Valley
MidwestApril 25-26thChicago, ILCourtyard Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
NortheastApril 25-26thStamford, CTSheraton Stamford Hotel
Mid-AtlanticApril 25-26thWoodbridge, NJDelta by Marriott Woodbridge


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