November 14th, 2015 Los Angeles, CA– On Saturday, November 14th, over 800 student delegates from all around Southern California poured into the doors of the LAX Marriott to participate in the first of the year and much-anticipated debate convention for the Junior State of America: Fall State Los Angeles.
At the convention, students not only attended various debates, thought talks, and workshops geared toward understanding the complexity and development of the American Dream since its theorization in the early American political sphere, but also heard from esteemed political and social leaders like Dan Schnur, the Director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as well as Vanessa Tyson, a Scripps College professor and author of the upcoming book Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the U.S. House.
The Southern California Junior State also completed its roll out of the new “JSApp,” which was historic for the nation’s largest student run organization, as it was not only the first successful use at any convention, but it also signified the necessity to be green, and the importance and steps towards reducing the paper trail, paired with ideals of technological innovation via mobile technology.
“Riveting honestly,” commented student leader Gabriel Morris on his experience, being the organization’s National Director of Summer School and State Director of Political Activism on only his second year as an active member. “I was able to not only delve into the issues that pertained to me, but also the issues that pertained to my future, my family, and the dream I hope to someday achieve, if it’s even still there.”
When asked about her experience in JSA, Cathy Gutierrez from Dr. Olga Mohan H.S commented, “I think over all I had a very satisfying Fall State. This is my first year participating in JSA, and I’m glad that I joined. At first it was a little overwhelming having all these people from all over SoCal meet up and debate. As time passed I got comfortable and got into the flow of things. I wasn’t a main speaker or subsequent, but I did ask questions during the debate. I think one of my goals will be getting the courage to be a main speaker or go up for a subsequent speech.”
It’s JSA that inspires kids like Gabriel and Cathy to break out of their comfort zone using debate and become politically aware.
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The Junior State of America (JSA) was created in 1934 to promote political awareness, encourage civic engagement, and to uphold democracy. Since its founding, JSA has grown to become the largest student run national organization with more than 500,000 student members who have become active, informed citizens through JSA. JSA is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization. © 2015 JSA