80 years

JSA Turns 80!

On November 9, 2014, the Junior State of America turns 80 years old!

The Junior Statesmen Foundation and the JSA Alumni Association have launched a yearlong celebration (May 2014 thru April 2015) to bring together alumni, teacher-advisers, parents, former staff and friends at events—big and small—across the country.

Join us in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect with JSA, your old friends and help shape JSA’s next 80 years.

The Kick-Off Gala

Over 150 of us gathered to kick off our 80th year and celebrate the Junior State on August 16th. Watch the video below:

In the morning, alumni (including many from the 40s and 50s) journeyed to Montezuma to meet young JSA leaders.

That evening, we gathered at the Hotel Sofitel to raise a glass to the Junior State and all we’ve accomplished in the last 80 years.

See Event Photos

Alumni Gatherings

Alumni Gatherings

With our 80th Gala Kick-Off complete, the celebration moves on to five more cities in November.

In Los Angeles, New York City and Washington DC the alumni events will take place on Election Night – a perfect opportunity to socialize with your JSA friends and talk politics!

In Austin and Seattle, alumni will gather at the student Fall State conventions to get a first hand look at today’s JSA followed by some libations with JSA friends.

If you would like to host a gathering in your town or assist in one of these cities, please email Alumni Association Chair Daniel Ingram at alumni@jsa.org.

Decades Duke It Out


In an all-out drive to show their decade is THE BEST JSA decade, alumni are engaging in a friendly competition to raise funds to ensure that JSA’s leader factory will be vibrant for another 80 years.

The competition goes thru JSA’s birthday on November 9th.

See How Much Your Decade Has Given:

2010s | 2000s | 1990s | 1980s | 1970s | 1960s | 1950s | 1940s

JSA Memory Book


Capturing all the highlights from events during the 80th Anniversary year as well as reflections from alumni past and present, the JSA Memory Book will be the signature piece of JSA memorabilia for years to come!

All donors who give $250 or more to JSA during the 80th year will receive this beautifully bound and printed book.

Check out the 200+ pictures from every decade of JSA >>>

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Get Connected

These resources support our celebration of the 80th, but will be available long after the anniversary passes. This year is a time to come together and reconnect our vast community—and these are some of the places that community can continue to thrive.