Junior State of America

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Junior State of America

EIN: 94-6050452


Junior State of America, a student-led organization, prepares a diverse community of high school students to participate effectively in our democracy. We offer hands-on civic programs designed to activate the talents of young people, instill values of respect and understanding, and inspire them to be a new generation of American leaders.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Jodi Wiseley

Main address

P.O. Box 70933

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Formerly known as

The Junior Statesmen Foundation



Subject area info

Secondary education

Alumni relations

Youth organizing

Civics for youth

Community service for youth

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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
Young adults

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
Young adults

JSA Summer Institutes provide a behind-the-scenes look at local politics and state government in action. These 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. Currently, JSA offers three summer institutes - the Gene A. Burd Institute of Media & Politics, the Young Women's Leadership Institute, and the Civic Immersion Program.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conferences held

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, At-risk youth

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Regional Conventions

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of conference attendees

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of JSA is to educate and prepare high school students to be active participants and effective, ethical leaders in our democratic society. The student-led Junior State of America empowers a diverse community of passionate young leaders to learn together, think critically, advocate opinions thoughtfully, respect opposing views and promote the common good.

JSA programming seeks to have a positive impact on the following student outcomes:

(1) Increase in civic knowledge
(2) Increase in civic engagement
(3) Enhanced leadership and communication skills
(4) Enhanced self-esteem and self-efficacy
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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

77% said that JSA increased their knowledge of how government works.
80% said that JSA increased their knowledge of domestic issues.
76% said that JSA increased their knowledge of foreign affairs.
73% said that JSA improved their ability to speak up in class.
76% said that JSA improved their ability to read and understand current events.
79% said that they are likely to contact or visit someone in government.
93% said that they are likely to do volunteer work for a charity.
96% said that they are likely to vote on a regular basis.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Junior State of America
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.23 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 55% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Junior State of America

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Junior State of America’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $512,243 $268,380 -$12,928 $706,286 -$271,445
As % of expenses 9.4% 4.8% -0.4% 34.7% -7.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $502,226 $262,637 -$18,671 $670,081 -$342,445
As % of expenses 9.2% 4.7% -0.6% 32.3% -9.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $5,993,123 $6,549,180 $2,807,078 $3,043,639 $2,982,832
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.2% 9.3% -57.1% 8.4% -2.0%
Program services revenue 72.6% 63.2% 57.2% 9.1% 34.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.1% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1%
Government grants 7.5% 6.8% 7.7% 13.3% 26.6%
All other grants and contributions 19.5% 29.7% 34.8% 74.0% 37.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 3.5% 1.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $5,464,426 $5,590,262 $3,190,721 $2,037,444 $3,713,063
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.1% 2.3% -42.9% -36.1% 82.2%
Personnel 34.8% 35.4% 46.7% 65.4% 49.2%
Professional fees 1.0% 2.2% 5.0% 10.7% 1.1%
Occupancy 2.6% 2.8% 5.0% 6.0% 1.7%
Interest 0.5% 0.2% 0.8% 1.1% 0.6%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 61.1% 59.4% 42.5% 16.8% 47.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $5,474,443 $5,596,005 $3,196,464 $2,073,649 $3,784,063
One month of savings $455,369 $465,855 $265,893 $169,787 $309,422
Debt principal payment $100,000 $275,000 $0 $0 $330,000
Fixed asset additions $17,229 $0 $0 $100,000 $113,000
Total full costs (estimated) $6,047,041 $6,336,860 $3,462,357 $2,343,436 $4,536,485

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.5 3.2 3.0 6.4 2.1
Months of cash and investments 3.8 4.5 7.6 14.8 5.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.6 -1.0 -1.8 1.1 -0.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,153,182 $1,486,078 $797,064 $1,081,186 $635,096
Investments $585,719 $606,488 $1,223,747 $1,435,208 $942,809
Receivables $133,181 $176,197 $46,683 $501,950 $125,743
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $213,805 $213,805 $155,009 $255,009 $230,751
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 93.3% 96.0% 98.1% 73.9% 52.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 82.6% 43.6% 53.4% 34.0% 44.0%
Unrestricted net assets -$723,355 -$460,718 -$479,389 $190,692 -$151,753
Temporarily restricted net assets $426,746 $1,790,548 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $636,356 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,063,102 $1,790,548 $1,474,591 $1,875,377 $1,230,630
Total net assets $339,747 $1,329,830 $995,202 $2,066,069 $1,078,877

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Jodi Wiseley

In addition to serving as the CEO of the Junior State of America Foundation, Rachel Kaganoff Stern serves on the Board of the Sanford Public Policy School at Duke University and on the board of HATCH, a non-profit ecosystem that consists of two annual Summits, year-round mentorship programs, and a global network that connects to accelerate solutions for positive impact. She spent five years as a board member and member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for College Ready Schools, and served for eleven years on the Women in Leadership Steering Committee at Princeton University. She is the former Co-Chair of the Women’s Political Committee, a Los Angeles-based political action committee that raises money for Democratic women candidates for office. She was a long-time member of the Board of Planned Parenthood’s Advocacy Project.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 08/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Vivian Tsai


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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/31/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/31/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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