Vote for civic-minded students and college success!

submission by RossMudrickJSA
Vote for civic-minded students and college success!

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Junior Statesmen Foundation; Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


JSA is a civic education organization that uses student-led on-campus activities, debate, regional conferences, and summer residential programming to help high school students develop academic skills, leadership skills, and social capital.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


JSA will partner with Alliance College-Ready Public Schools to provide a civic leadership program that prepares low-income students to become engaged citizens and successful students into and through college. This proposal will create six new JSA chapters at Alliance schools, which are uniquely suited to host the organization because of 1) their mission to empower LA’s underserved students for college and career success, and 2) their focus on student-led project-based learning.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


For over a decade, Alliance has proven that exceptional can become the rule for public schools. Committed to increasing access to a high-quality, college preparatory education for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities, Alliance educates almost 12,000 students (94% low-income and 99% Latino or African-American). The results have been dramatic-91% of students graduate high school in four years and 95% are accepted to college. The challenge faced by Alliance students though, similar to other low-income students of color across the nation, is persisting through and graduating from college. By expanding the JSA footprint to six new Alliance high schools, we can help the network address this challenge. JSA’s unique student-led programming builds the advocacy, leadership, resilience, academic and social skills that will prepare Alliance’s students for future success.

The partnership will bring JSA’s three-pronged model to six new schools:

1) School-sponsored extracurricular clubs that meet weekly to plan candidate forums, political fairs, debates, voter registration drives, and community service projects.

2) Overnight conventions and 1-day regional conferences that bring together students from across Southern California, with student-led debate and a Congressional simulation.

3) 3-4 week Summer School academic programs offering a college-level curriculum.

To drive expansion, we will hire a Fellow to train students and teachers to offer JSA in Alliance schools, we will subsidize the participation of Alliance students in regional events so that they can become leaders and liaisons to their home campuses, and we will host an Alliance forum at City Hall where students can meet civic leaders and discuss and debate issues identified by students.

Alliance students will also develop a cross-school activism project. Designed by participating students, it will focus on youth issues in the 2016 elections, increasing voter turnout city-wide, or creating safer, cleaner communities.

These activities are well-suited for incorporation into the Alliance model. Alliance believes that interdisciplinary real-world projects are essential, and that high expectations become self-fulfilling. JSA’s activities incorporate leading civic and political thinkers and doers as well as issues ripped from the headlines, and they assume the students not only can but must take the lead.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Over the grant period, we intend to track the following outcomes:
1. Reach, as measured by the number of students participating in each JSA chapter and in network-wide events.
2. Impact on each student, as measured by self-reported changes in key skills such as communication, research and analysis, and leadership capacity.
3. Impact on school-wide culture, as measured by the number of events that extend beyond the chapter.
4. Impact of the Alliance partnership on JSA work, as measured by Alliance students obtaining leadership positions within the JSA Southern California state.

In the longer-term, we intend to further clarify impact by comparing indicators such as academic outcomes, matriculation rates, and college completion rates for JSA-participating students with non-participating students, and by comparing JSA-participating Alliance schools with Alliance schools that are not participating.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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My husband and I have been parent observors and supporters of JSA for a good fifteen years. We have seen students from all varieites of backgrounds and school and family environments thrive and grow as participants of JSA. The JSA alliance with Alliance is exciting. We can only anticapate great results both for JSA and for the participating students of Alliance. Both are quality programs and the funding award would allow JSA to open more chapers in Alliance schools. That is a plus, plus, plus situation for all invloved including the City of Los Angeles. Michele and Glennn Havskjold

by mhav
5 months ago

JSA changed my life for the better and helped me come out of my shell in high school. I wouldn't be half the person I am today without JSA. #bethepeople !

by kat1ekat
5 months ago

Alliance Health Services Academy High School

by Shobdy
5 months ago


by rsanchezbtech
5 months ago

My son attended a JSA summer program before his senior year in high school. It got him interested in Africa. He went to George Washington University's international school, majored in international development, did a junior semester abroad program in Uganda, and after graduation he joined the Peace Corps in Mali.

by z6665
5 months ago


by aub1
5 months ago

JSA without a doubt not only develops high school students in politicical knowledge but also in all other aspects of life to build a strong overall leaner and activist.

by ag123
5 months ago


by Lilsa
5 months ago

Alliance Burton Tech

by nmarks
5 months ago

I vote Neuwirth!!

by aub1
6 months ago


by mrs.sanwald
6 months ago

Go team Neuwirth! #CivicEducation #CollegeSuccess

by craguirre
6 months ago

JSA changes lives--I've seen it in action, and know so many students and alumni who credit finding their voice, their confidence, and their sense of self through this organization!

by awaggener
6 months ago

Let's go Tennenbaum Tech JSA!!

#LA2050 #AllianceCRPS #BeThePeople #CivicEducation #CollegeSuccess #DemocracyMatters

by hillthorny
6 months ago

JSA + Alliance Schools are two major ingredients in a recipe to change the lives of LA's kids for the better! You've got my vote and full support!!!

by gstempinski
6 months ago

@Kcjones350 - hey there! FYI, Alliance high school students are having a friendly campaign for votes towards their school and we are encouraging them to dialogue on why they love democracy and civic education! And all Alliance students love JSA!

by JaneKim
6 months ago

I voted JSA!

JSA is amazing and life changing. #bethepeople

by Kcjones350
6 months ago

I vote for Tennenbaum!

by Drp2016
6 months ago

I vote Smidt Tech!! We're already #8!

Get your friends/family posting...looks like Smidt Tech and Tennenbaum are winning and we have a real shot if we keep up the momentum. Hope more will join me and #rockthevote because civic education is SO important, and this joint effort is molding more students to become great leaders!

#democracymatters #GOALLIANCE

by alliancedana
6 months ago

JSA has created a proactive civic culture at our school, Alliance Smidt Tech., and did so to a great extent at my previous Alliance school, Neuwirth Leadership Academy. JSA inspired our students to believe in themselves and their ability to create real change in their communities!! Go JSA!!

by CoachKip
6 months ago

We are already ranked #9! Now that you've voted, you can POST the following message to campaign your friends and family to VOTE as well!

VOTE NOW for civic-minded students and college success! @AllianceCRPS @jsajuniorstate #LA2050 #CivicEducation #‎CollegeSuccess‬ ‪#‎BeThePeople‬ ‪#‎DemocracyMatters‬ ‪#‎RockTheVote‬

by JaneKimAlliance
6 months ago

It is so amazing to see these 2 organizations come together in terms of potential impact! With a 95% college acceptance rate, Alliance has been recognized as among the best in the nation by Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the U.S. Department of Education while serving more than 12,000 low-income students for over 10 years. Alliance is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in LA Unified, the second-largest school district in the U.S. JSA chapters fit perfectly into Alliance’s successful education model based on the recruitment of highly effective teachers and principals, small and personalized campuses equipped with the latest technologies, longer school years and instructional hours, and parent engagement to reach the highest achievement standards and prepare all students for college and career success.

by JaneKimAlliance
6 months ago


by jbartlett85
6 months ago

I vote for Collins High School. Civic Education is more critical than ever with the issues our students will have to face because "We are the change we have been waiting for"! Super excited to see Alliance support its teachers in providing civic education and inspiring to see Alliance students taking action to transform their communities. GO ALLIANCE!

by socaldawg
6 months ago

JSA is a fantastic organization!

by smithg0556
6 months ago

The opportunity for high schoolers to engage in civic education is so important. For many of our students, Junior State is one of the few safe spaces where youth feel free to express their opinions. They learn to speak out about issues impacting their communities and develop connections with students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Super excited to see this opportunity expand to more Alliance schools where students are not only benefiting from a unique civic education, but are also contributing extraordinary courage, positive energy and perspective to the program and their JSA peers. Alliance and JSA students are taught to laugh hard, believe in their dreams, and give back to their communities. Wonderful partnership!

by jopetong
6 months ago

Smidt-Technology HIgh School!

by JaneKim
6 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing! We loved hearing this story about your son, and are proud and happy to hear about all the good work he is doing now. Our best wishes to you and your family!

by jopetong
5 months ago

Baxter HS! Love JSA and love Alliance! When I was in high school, JSA taught me civics, leadership, debate, and above all else, that my voice mattered and we need to take action to affect change. It's one of the most incredible student-led and student-empowering organizations in the nation. I'm so proud to see the same impact happening at Alliance schools. Happy to cast my vote for two amazing organizations!

by evaleva
6 months ago

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015