Jul 7 - Jul 27
Junior State of America’s Civics Immersion Program is designed to engage high school students with the most pressing issues facing our democracy today, challenging them to look beyond differences and focus on solution-oriented action. Participants gain a complete understanding of critical issues directly from the decision-makers who shape public policy and apply lessons learned to generate ideas for direct action in their communities.
Previous courses include Environmental Justice, Global Poverty, Inequality and Justice, and Design Thinking for Community Problem Solving. In addition to the primary course of study each summer, all students will take a supplementary course: Argumentation and Use of Evidence.
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The virtual Stern Civics Immersion Program engages students with a college-level curriculum, within the comforts of their home, that prepares them to take part in conversations that address current and future political, economic, and social issues facing the world. Participants also learn effective 21st century leadership skills that will enable them to lead activism projects...She commented that her virtual JSA summer experience has allowed her to connect with peers who come from many different cultural backgrounds. Specifically, she mentioned how enriching the dialogue with her diverse class of peers has been on the subject of solving the issues facing democracy today.
PSDA School incoming Senior, Victoria Carl is currently in Washington D.C. attending one of four available JSA Summer 2022 Experiences...High School students who attend the Stern Civics Immersion Program are engaged with a college-level curriculum that positions them to be ready to take part in conversations that address current and future political, economic, and social issues facing the world. Participants also learn effective 21st leadership skills that will enable them to lead activism projects. Many PSDA School alumni who have attended the JSA Summer Programs in the past have reported their experience to be extremely positive, enhancing, and eye-opening.