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About the IAJHSC

The purpose of the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils has been, since our beginning in 1958, to develop the leadership qualities of junior high/middle school students and to educate them in the workings of Student Council. Our Association provides a unique avenue for advisors and students to exchange ideas and to solve problems by sharing experiences. We offer activities and events that promote leadership, service and scholarship—as well as integrity, responsibility, caring, compassion and good character.

Some of these activities and events include:

  • Fall District Leadership Workshops
  • Annual Advisors' Leadership Workshop
  • District Midyear Leadership Workshops
  • Annual State Convention
  • Summer Leadership Camp
  • Membership networking opportunities
  • Publications and resources
  • Opportunities for community service

Each year we present a number of awards to honor our members, including the Honor Council Award Program, the Honor Roll of Outstanding Student Council Members and Advisor Longevity Awards.

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Message from the Executive Director

Bruce SmallOn behalf of the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils, I welcome you to our website. Our organization, the IAJHSC, is one of only two such organizations in the whole United States! We are a group of students and advisors who are dedicated to setting a high standard of excellence as we train our student leaders for the demands that will face them in tomorrow's world.

The IAJHSC offers you the opportunity to participate in outstanding workshops and training sessions. By attending Fall and Mid-year school hosted workshops, your students and advisors alike will share in leadership sessions that they are sure to remember. Students have a week long Summer Leadership Camp available for them to attend. At camp they have the chance to have a lot of fun while they learn how to make your student council a strong, productive team of leaders. An advisors' workshop and resource file help advisors build their student councils to be the best. A State Service Project and an annual State Convention give our members the chance to participate and celebrate in positive leadership.

The IAJHSC is an exceptional organization designed to inspire our students to their greatest leadership potential. I invite you to explore our website for the latest news, projects, and advice available on this much needed aspect of student education. If you are not already a member of the IAJHSC, please sign up today! With the IAJHSC you will gain leadership experiences that will result in the positive growth of your council and your school. Join now and begin the experiences and memories that will lead to a lifetime of success for your students!

With best regards,

Bruce A. Small
IAJHSC Executive Director
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