On high school campuses across the country, there are students concerned with what is happening around them – students who are interested in politics and government, foreign affairs, the law, and education. The Junior State of America (JSA) was created by and for these young people. Since its founding in 1934, more than 500,000 student members have become active, informed citizens through JSA. Read our Mission Statement.

What makes JSA so unique is that students organize every aspect of the organization, from the chapter level all the way to state and national administration. Our student leaders, elected by their fellow JSA members, plan and execute all of the conventions, conferences, and activism initiatives held throughout the year.

JSA allows for an exchange of ideas through stimulating student debates, thought talks, problem-solving and a variety of simulations. By participating in these activities, each member gains a more intelligent and informed viewpoint. JSA also provides a wonderful chance to meet and make friends with scores of other bright, involved students who have similar interests. It’s an experience that no young person would want to miss.

Here’s how we organize ourselves – JSA is a national organization organized at the local chapter level. These chapters collectively form regions which coordinate communication with chapters and run regional events annually. On the national level, governors from each of the ten states come together to form the Council of Governors.

Interested in starting a chapter? Contact the Governor of Texas JSA, Ben Scarborough, at bscarborough@texas.jsa.org.