What is a Student Action Team?
Generation Joshua’s Student Action Teams (SATs), supported by HSLDA’s federal and state political action committees, provide young people practical hands on experience to go with their civics education by volunteering in political races on behalf of conservative, pro-life, pro-family candidates. Since the fall of 2004, teams of high school and college aged students have worked on Presidential, House, Senate, and Gubernatorial campaigns across America. They have conducted phone banking, literature dropping, and campaigning resulting in remarkable successes. It is evident that dedicated young people can positively impact the political world and learn how to run for office someday. Student Action Teams are the vehicles that help tomorrow’s leaders elect the leaders of today.
For information on how you can be involved, please call us at: (877) 338-8803
Registration and Eligibility
HELP! I'm having trouble registering for the SAT.
We have created a step-by-step registration guide to help you through the registration process if you have trouble. This guide is available here.
If I am between the ages of 11-13 can I still participate in a Student Action Team?
Absolutely! You are more than welcome to participate but for insurance purposes, we require students in the 11-13 age range be accompanied by an adult family member or legal guardian. The accompanying adult family member must sign up as a volunteer on the SAT registration page. Also please note that children under the age of 11 are not permitted to participate on Student Action Teams for liability purposes, unless a parent or guardian accompanies them.
Can I go on a SAT without a parent or a guardian?
Provided you are between the ages of 14 -19, you are free to participate without being accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If, however, you are between the ages of 11-13, you must be accompanied by an adult family member or legal guardian.
Do I need to be a member in order to sign up for a Student Action Team?
Yes, all participants must be current Generation Joshua members in order to participate. This is not meant to discourage teens from participating, but has been put in place for liability purposes. If you have a friend who is interested in participating in a Student Action Team, they must first sign up to be a Generation Joshua member and then register for the SAT.
Why do you need my parent’s names on the registration page?
Filling in your parent or legal guardian’s name on the registration page does not imply that they are committed and willing to accompany you on the Student Action Team. It simply allows Generation Joshua to know how to contact them with more information.
How much does it cost to participate in a Student Action Team?
All of your basic lodging and food costs will be covered while on the Student Action Team. As Generation Joshua begins to coordinate details for specific races we will have a better idea of how transportation costs will be handled. Please see the transportation question below for additional information.
What does “teammate request” mean on the registration form?
Although we can make no guarantees, we will do our best to accommodate your requests if you would like to register to be on the same team with your club or a friend. Feel free to list names of any Generation Joshua members who you would like to be placed on a team with, but keep in mind, you may not end up on the same team.
I just signed up, now what?
The HSLDA PAC is in the process of finalizing which races Generation Joshua students will be involved in. Once we know details, we will notify you of your team assignment and its location. In the meantime, we very strongly encourage students to fill out the health and insurance forms, available here, and send those in to Generation Joshua. Students may not participate unless Generation Joshua has received those forms.
Also, what better way to introduce a friend to Generation Joshua than to bring them along on the SATs! Encourage them to join GenJ and sign up for a Student Action Team.
Parents, Chaperones, Leadership, and Activities
I am a parent and plan to chaperone an SAT, how do I sign up?
Parents must register themselves as well as their teen on the SAT registration page. We appreciate your willingness to help Generation Joshua as a chaperone!
Who will be supervising the teens while on the Student Action Teams?
Teams will be led by Generation Joshua staff, members of the GenJ Leadership Corps, and Patrick Henry College students. We encourage parents of Generation Joshua members to attend as well. They will serve as chaperones and drivers during the Student Action Teams and their help is always appreciated.
What sort of activities will Generation Joshua members be participating in while on Student Action Teams?
Student Action Teams are designed to mobilize youth across America and place them in critical elections where their presence will have the highest impact on voter turnout in favor of pro-family, pro-homeschooling candidates. Activities will include door-to-door literature drops, sign making, mailings, phone bank calling, sign waving and more. You will work alongside other Generation Joshua members and staffers as well as with volunteers and staffers for the PAC endorsed candidates.
Logistics: Location, Dates, Housing, Food, and Transportation
How are we assigned to teams and locations?
Further details about locations and which candidates HSLDA PAC is supporting will become available in the coming weeks and months. You will be assigned a race based upon your location.
What are the dates for the 2016 Student Action Teams?
The tentative dates for the Student Action Teams are November 4-9, including travel. These dates are still subject to change and may vary depending on which race you are assigned to assist. We may also run early SATs across the nation.
Where will I be staying and what will I eat?
Lodging and food for all participants is covered or provided for by either the campaign or Generation Joshua. In most cases, SAT participants will stay in a hotel with the other Generation Joshua members on their team. It will vary from one campaign to another, but generally students will either be issued a per diem check to cover food costs or the campaign will feed them.
Will I be compensated for transportation to and from the SAT location?
Generation Joshua is not always able to compensate those who travel to SAT locations for their travel costs, due to expenditure constraints in election law. Travel expenses will vary by race and election, please call us for more information.
If you have any other questions, please e-mail us at GenerationJoshuaSATs@hslda.org or call 540-338-8608.