U.S. largest and oldest student-run organization, the Junior State of America (JSA), will be hosting over 1,500 high school students from JSA chapters in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia for a two-day congressional simulation in Washington, D.C. this month.
The students will debate bills on issues facing the country, including immigration, reinstating voting rights to felons, and redistricting.
“In our current political environment, it is refreshing to watch these young people discuss issues of national importance in a civil and thoughtful manner. These are issues that the students identified as important to the country and its future, and the students themselves are working together to craft solutions,” said Ken White, JSA Chief Executive Officer.
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JSA, which has been operating since 1934, has been offering opportunities to students to engage with the country’s political system and gain some experience on how Congress works. Students will meet in committees on February 9-10 and again on February 16-17. They will discuss amending bills, what kind of bills get passed, and then debate the bills in Congress.