Institute on Arizona Leadership & Politics
JSA’s Arizona Institute on Leadership & Politics attracts informed and engaged students from all around Arizona and the country to get an insider’s perspective on state politics and government. Over the course of the three-day program, students will meet and engage with numerous key players in state politics.
The Arizona Institute challenges students’ understandings of how state government works, civic engagement, and issue advocacy. Programs like JSA Institutes afford students the opportunity to make friends with students who share their interests in becoming informed citizens for a more effective democracy.
The Arizona Institute is supported by the Robidoux Foundation, and is hosted by The Junior Statesman Foundation. Together, this partnership has brought students to the state capitol since 2007 and has established 24 JSA chapters on high school campuses throughout the state.
The program runs from Sunday, June 11 to Wednesday, June 14.
The program takes place at Arizona State University (Downtown Campus) in Phoenix, Arizona.
Past speakers at JSA Arizona programs include:
Sandra Day O’Connor, Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
John McCain, U.S Senator
Jon Kyl, Former U.S. Senator
Dennis DeConcini, Former U.S. Senator
Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. Congress Member
Ruben Gallego, U.S. Congress Member
Paul Gosar, U.S. Congress Member
Jim Kolbe, Former U.S. Congress Member
Janet Napolitano, Former Governor/Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security/President of the University of California System
Doug Ducey, Governor
Ken Bennett, Secretary of State
Thomas Horne, Former State Attorney General
John Huppenthal, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dean Martin, Former State Treasurer
Russell Pearce, Former State Senator
Scott Bales, Chief Justice of State Supreme Court
Rebecca White Berch, State Supreme Court Justice
John Pelander, State Supreme Court Justice
Ann Scott Timmer, State Supreme Court Justice
Michael Ryan, State Supreme Court Justice
Andrew Hurwitz, Former State Supreme Court Justice
Steve Smith, State Representative, State Senator
Lynne Pancrazi, Former State Senator
Many members of the Arizona State Legislature
Media and Others
Eileen Klein, Former Chief of State, Governor Jan Brewer
Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff
Darcy Olsen, President and CEO, The Goldwater Institute
Mary Jo Pitzl, Reporter, The Arizona Republic
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Clovis Campbell Jr., Publisher, The Informant
Andrei Cherny, CEO, Aspiration, Candidate for State Treasurer and U.S. Congress, Chair, Arizona Democratic Party
Fred DuVal, Candidate for Governor
The tuition for this program is $275.