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Volunteering–More Fun than Work

Hi all,

In high school, I dedicated my life to JSA, the Junior State of America, which is a national student run organization for high schoolers that encourages civic education, teaches public speaking, and trains young leader. It’s divided into ten states, each with its own leadership and each with three conferences a year.

A shot of opening session, by Elizabeth Ventura, the program director for the Mid Atlantic State.

I’ve been missing the organization ever since I graduated, so I decided to see if I’d be able to volunteer for a conference or event. Winter Congress is the second of three conventions. There are multiple conventions across the states, and the Mid Atlantic State has theirs in Washington, DC. Students write their own bills and legislation, and at the convention, are divided into committees to debate and amend them. It’s a really fantastic organization for high schoolers.

They were excited to have me, so I came to DC on the pickle yesterday and am staying the weekend. The convention takes place at a hotel, and we have over 1,200 students, an incredible number. I’m doing a lot of odd jobs like manning the registration desk or making sure people are where they need to be. I’m having a ton of fun being around JSAers, who are the coolest people ever, and it’s nice to be doing some good and giving back a little to the organization that gave me so much.

Ema

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