Youth Development

The Junior State of America Foundation

Oakland, CA   |  www.jsa.org

Mission

Junior State's mission is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students from all socioeconomic backgrounds for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

In the student-run Junior State and JSA summer programs, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse.  They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views, and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good.

Ruling year info

1941

Chief Executive Officer

Ken White

Main address

70 Washington Street, Suite 320

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

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Formerly known as

The Junior Statesmen Foundation

EIN

94-6050452

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

JSA School Chapters

JSA Chapters are school-sponsored extracurricular clubs that typically meet weekly to plan and implement voter registration drives, candidate forums, political fairs, debates and community service projects. Student leaders gain valuable skills as they build and run clubs. School administrators and faculty recognize that JSA chapters augment the social studies curricula and enhance civic engagement for the entire school community.

Population(s) Served

JSA conventions are held three times a year: Fall State Convention, Winter Congress, and Spring State Convention. Student leaders, elected by their peers, run every aspect of JSA conventions, from inviting guest speakers, to conducting debates. Round table discussions, policy simulations, and other hands-on activities help students critically examine the political landscape. The Winter Congress Convention features a special weekend-long simulation of Congressional sessions where students experience first-hand "how a bill becomes a law.” Past topics have included the death penalty, abortion, the legalization of marijuana, the "Dream” act and others.

Population(s) Served

Every summer, JSA conducts college level summer school programs on prestigious university campuses. In Summer 2013, sessions are being held at Georgetown, Stanford, Princeton, the University of Virginia, and Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. These programs offer a rigorous curriculum that includes advanced courses in government, politics, history and public speaking.

Population(s) Served

JSA Summer Institutes provide a behind-the-scenes look at local politics and state government in action. These 4-day programs offer students an opportunity to explore and debate today’s hot-button issues with elected officials and fellow high school students. Students have the opportunity to meet and question top politicians, journalists, key lobbyists and others influential in the civic sector.

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Our results

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Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Adolescents (13-19 years),At-risk youth

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Regional Conventions

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

JSA programming seeks to have a positive impact on the following student outcomes: <br/>(1) Increase in civic knowledge<br/>(2) Increase in civic engagement<br/>(3) Enhanced leadership and communication skills<br/>(4) Enhanced self-esteem and self-efficacy<br/>All of these are fundamental factors that align with our mission of educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

JSA programming educates students on the importance and benefits of civic involvement while giving them hands-on opportunities to engage with government in their communities. JSA programs build a peer-to-peer network across the socioeconomic spectrum as students come together throughout the year to interact, identify community needs, plan service projects, debate, campaign and legislate. Students challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn how to rise above self-interest to promote the overall public good.<br/><br/>Ultimately, the long term goal of is to train the next generation of civic leaders, instilling them with the skills to be effective advocates for their communities. JSA promotes civil discourse in politics and policy. While our actual political leaders operate in a world defined by gridlock, partisan rancor and personal politics, JSA students learn to deliberate, campaign and legislate effectively and civilly. Youth emerge from the program instilled with passion and tolerance and equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence for a lifetime of responsible leadership in a democratic society.

Since its founding in 1934, more than 500,000 student members have become active, informed citizens through JSA. The Junior Statesmen Foundation maintains a committed and talented staff to ensure the ongoing success of programs throughout the United States. <br/><br/>JSA is unique because from its inception it has been a truly student-run enterprise. Chapters elect their own presidents, and students elect their regional leaders and the national Board of Governors. The student-run aspect is the cornerstone of the JSA experience, imbuing the participants with transferable leadership, management and communication skills, beyond the debate and advocacy that is the most visible aspect of the experience. Annual business and program plans have to be developed, approved and implemented; project time-lines must be set and adhered to; budgets must be determined and managed efficiently. JSA students emerge from this process with professional skills and competencies that their non-JSA peers will likely not realize until after their college years. The professional staff of the Junior Statesmen Foundation provides support and guidance to these student leaders, but the students themselves set the overall tone and agenda for events. It is truly a program that is designed for the students and by the students.<br/><br/>JSA's vast network can be extremely beneficial, particularly for underserved students who may often feel disconnected from their more affluent peers. Through participation in our programs, students meet and interact with other students from all across the nation. They form bonds that extend well into college and their professional lives. Access to JSA's alumni network is also an extremely valuable tool, and can benefit the students throughout their future careers. Prominent JSA alumni can be found in all fields, and the JSA brand is well-known for producing high-quality leaders.

JSA is currently in the process of selecting valid and suitable evaluation methods to measure program outcomes. The following are examples of outcomes that may be measured and sample targets that our program may adopt for this project:<br/><br/>(1) Outcome: Increase in civic knowledge. Sample Targets: 80% of students will say that their knowledge increased in at least one of the following areas: how government works, economics, domestic and foreign affairs, history and other cultures; 75% of Teacher/Advisors will notice an increase in academic performance in JSA students; students who participate in JSA will have higher scores on the NAEP Civics assessment than students who have no exposure to discussion, debate and simulation activities.<br/><br/>(2) Outcome: Improvement in civic and personal skills. Sample Targets: 80% of students will say that their skills have improved in one or more of the following areas: time management, reading/understanding current events, writing research papers and public speaking. 75% of Teacher/Advisors will notice an increase in these skills in their students.<br/><br/>(3) Outcome: Increase in participation and likelihood of participation in civic engagement activities. Sample Targets: 90% of students will say that they will vote on a regular basis after turning 18; 80% say that they are likely to participate in community service activities; 75% will say that they are likely to attend or speak at a public meeting; 60% will say that they are likely to write a letter to a public or authority figure.<br/><br/>(4) Outcome: Increased confidence in the ability to affect change (efficacy). Sample Targets: 90% of JSA Students will say that they believe that they can make a difference in their community; 75% will feel that they have the ability to organize a response to a community problem, and perform specific steps such as organize and run a meeting, express their views in front of a group, and contact an elected official.

To measure the impact of JSA, an end-of-the-year survey was distributed to all JSA students in May 2013. Over 1,200 students responded. Selected results include the following:<br/><br/>77% said that JSA increased their knowledge of how government works.<br/>80% said that JSA increased their knowledge of domestic issues.<br/>76% said that JSA increased their knowledge of foreign affairs.<br/>73% said that JSA improved their ability to speak up in class.<br/>76% said that JSA improved their ability to read and understand current events.<br/>79% said that they are likely to contact or visit someone in government.<br/>93% said that they are likely to do volunteer work for a charity.<br/>96% said that they are likely to vote on a regular basis.

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The Junior State of America Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rachel Kaganoff Stern

Junior Statesmen Foundation

James Lintott

Sterling Foundation Management LLC, Washington, DC

June Thurber Paine

Advocate for Civic Education

Rachel Kaganoff Stern

The Women's Political Committee, Los Angeles

Scott Garner

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Tom Warden

Chief Data Officer, AIG Life and Retirement

Gabriel Stempinski

Founder, New Leaf Enterprises

Bonnie Goldberg Germain

Certified Public Accountant

Andrew Green

Managing Director of Economic Policy, Center for American Progress

Paul Hrabal

Entrepreneur

William Morales

JSA Advisor, Alliance Neuwirth Leadership Academy

Roberto Ruiz

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Insights, Univision

Shayna van Hoften

Partner, Hanson Bridgett

Lorrayne Ward

Director of Operations and Strategy, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Larry Klane

Co-Founder and CEO, Pivot Investment Partners

Doug Wertheimer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

civic engagement, citizenship, leadership, education, politics, civics, debate, high school, experiential, academic, diversity, youth empowerment, inclusivity, linked learning