National Junior Honor Society

A Place to Belong: Why I Became an Adviser

Celebrating scholarship is just as important as any other school club, and NJHS provides that space.

Twenty-one years ago, my principal asked me to advise the current National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) chapter at my middle school. I had never done it before, and it was trial by fire—luckily I was able to attend a workshop and found great resources to get me started. (more…)

A Big Impact on a Small School: Why I Became an Adviser

The Honor Societies are the best way for a student population of any size to learn how to connect with its community.

I was given the opportunity to take over the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) chapter at my school when the previous adviser had to go on maternity leave. That was 14 years ago, and I’m so glad I stepped into her shoes.

My members of NJHS are the cream of the crop; they are amazing. I feel so lucky to get to work with them and guide them in their leadership development. I try to promote good morals, and we focus on good communications skills and a sense of responsibility. Our chapter works to spread these values throughout the school. (more…)

School Safety Advocacy From a Student’s Perspective

Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, which claimed the lives of 17 students and educators, advocates around the country organized a national movement demanding change to better protect our schools and communities from gun violence. Leading that movement are student survivors of the shooting joined by thousands of young people across the country.

The NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee joined those efforts, organizing advocacy events and actions to honor the lives of the Stoneman Douglas victims and to call for policy change. Here are testimonials about that advocacy from one of the students on the committee and one of the committee’s adult advisers: (more…)

G.R.O.W. Into Leadership

Guest post by Omékongo Dibinga

“Leadership ain’t for the lame, don’t take it in vain
Time to rethink your position, understand why you came.”

I often recite these two lines from a poem I wrote on leadership when I speak to student leaders around the world. I share this quote to underscore two points: First, leadership is not for everyone. Though everyone can be a leader, leadership is a calling that few people answer and, therefore, it must be carefully considered. Second, leaders must always be thinking about why they chose to be a leader, and whether they still have the capacity or even the desire to lead.

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Higher Ambitions Toward Higher Education: NHS and NJHS Lead the Way

This academic year, the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) embarked on an aggressive goal: To support and increase college access and success for its members—and secondary students in general. The goal targets a White House initiative rooted in a profound statistic.

In a June 2014 Education Week article, First Lady Michelle Obama, an NHS alumna herself, wrote, “A generation ago, America had the highest percentage of college graduates in the world. But today, we’ve dropped all the way to 12th in terms of young adults.” (more…)

Why Middle Level Students Need to Start Saving for College

“Children with $500 or less saved for college are three times more likely to enroll in college and four times more likely to graduate,” according to the Assets and Education Initiative, as published in the CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development) Fact File in 2014.

In an era when college costs are skyrocketing, these compelling statistics presented an opportunity for the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) to step in. To provide a head start on saving for college, this month NJHS launched its first-ever individual student award program.

The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award will recognize 500 of the most exceptional NJHS members nationwide with a $500 college savings award, (more…)

How Does Student Service Impact the Classroom?

Research has shown that when students give back to their community, it leads to significant positive effects on their academic performance, values, leadership, choice of a service career, and plans to participate in service after college.

Such findings would suggest that secondary school students who are members of the National Honor Society (NHS), National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) are well prepared for their future endeavors. These three student leadership organizations, which are administered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), annually engage in service projects that result in a significant number of volunteer service hours and a substantial amount of dollars raised for charitable causes. (more…)