You write the bills. You cast the votes. You make the laws.
Learn how government works hands-on. JSA’s winter convention simulates Congress so students can learn how bills are made and passed. Some JSA students travel to the nation’s capital and also have an opportunity to see political centers like the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Supreme Court up close. Join your fellow delegates for Winter Congress, and take on the job of legislating the toughest issues facing our country.
In the legislative branch of the United States government, the debates that matter most are those on the floors of the House and Senate. Bills cover topics that the nation faces actively, like gun control, immigration, healthcare, and many more issues -- all written and decided by you.
During this convention, participants attend committee meetings, offer amendments and watch the markup process on proposed legislation. Hone your public speaking skills as a sponsor for a bill and negotiate to gain supporters for your issue in the House and Senate sessions.
Shepherd your bill through committee sessions and fierce debates, and defend it in full sessions of the House and Senate. Or try to amend the United States Constitution itself. You write the bills. You cast the votes. You make the laws.
|Pacific Northwest||Feb. 1-2, 2020||Portland, OR||Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach|
|Northeast and Southeast||Feb. 7-9, 2020||Washington, DC||DoubleTree Crystal City Hotel|
|Midwest and Ohio River Valley||Feb. 14-16, 2020||Washington, DC||DoubleTree Crystal City Hotel|
|Southern California||Feb. 15-16, 2020||Los Angeles, CA||Sheraton Gateway Hotel|
|Mid-Atlantic and Texas||Feb. 21-23, 2020||Washington, DC||DoubleTree Crystal City Hotel|
|Northern California||Feb. 22-23, 2020||Sacramento, CA||Sheraton Grand Sacramento|