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 10,000 students.

Want to bring JSA to your school?

No JSA Chapter at your high school? Start one. Check out our Chapter Startup Guide to learn the three easy steps to bring JSA to your school.

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.


Students learn to be great leaders through JSA. Its student-run model allows students to acquire a variety of skills by serving in local, state and national positions. From a peer-elected council of governors to regional and chapter cabinets, young people learn how to work well with others, manage large groups, consensus building, and project management.

Sign up for your state cabinet or to serve on the national cabinet that coordinates JSA's annual goals and initiatives.

Attend a Convention

Meet other politically engaged students at a JSA convention. Choose your level of participation: attendee, moderator, speaker, or planner. There's a role for everyone at JSA conventions.

Held in more than 30 locations, JSA conventions bring together Chapters as regions to discuss a variety of issues picked by your peers.  From debates to our congressional simulation during Winter Congress and elections at Spring State, conventions are one of the most exciting experiences for a JSA member.

Lead a Civic Engagement Project

From political campaigns to voter registration drives, JSA members help coordinate a number of projects that promote civic engagement among their peers.  Learn how to increase awareness on local, state and national issues. Or build your skills in project management and working with groups in JSA Chapters. Learn how you can effect change and be an active citizen.

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