Welcome to the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils!

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders… Today!

The IAJHSC is a statewide association of middle level student councils serving student leaders and their adult advisors. Membership is by school and renews each year.  We offer activities and events that promote leadership, service and scholarship—as well as integrity, responsibility, caring, compassion and good character. Founded in 1958, is the only statewide middle level assocation of its kind in the nation today!  More

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Leadership S.O.S. – Shaping Our Success in 2023-2024!

The 2023-2024 District Representatives have chosen the IAJHSC state theme for the coming year: Leadership S.O.S. – Shaping Our Success. Just as a life preserver ensures buoyancy amidst turbulent waters, a strong leader provides stability and direction in the face of challenges—helping shape the success for others.

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Benefits of Membership


  • Student leadership training
  • Advisor support and professional development
  • Service and civic engagement
  • Statewide interschool networking for students and advisors
  • Strengthen and enhance your school’s student council
  • Recognition of council achievement
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Fun and lifelong friendships

Statewide Events

Annual State Convention

Over 1,000 delegates from member schools across the state gather to celebrate leadership. Keynoted by nationally known speakers, the convention provides the opportunity for recognition of a great past year and a real "energizer" for the coming year. Project posters and scrapbooks from across the state provide a wealth of ideas for delegates to take back home with them!

Summer Leadership Camp

This week-long camp in the summer teaches your council members the skills necessary to run an effective council and become effective leaders.

District Leadership Workshops

These regional workshops, typically held in the fall and winter, provide quality leadership training for students and allow for the sharing of ideas and projects. A forum for adult advisors is provided as well. Which IAJHSC district are you in?

Service & Civic Engagement

State Service Project

The State Service Project is a shared enterprise among our member schools. A charity or non-profit service group that serves the needs of children in some special way throughout the state of Illinois is chosen each year by the Executive Board and funds are raised by the member Student Councils to contribute to the cause.

Honor Council Award Progam

The Honor Council award is a recognition program for councils who meet high standards in leadership, citizenship, scholarship, school service, community service and school spirit.


Membership in the IAJHSC is by school and runs $75/year.