Joint Student Leadership (JSL)

State Officer Training
August 5-8, 2013

JSL is designed to prepare PTSO officers to effectively fulfill the responsibilities of their office and provide them with life-long leadership skills. Competencies to be developed include:

  • Effective Communication – Clearly articulate PTSO purposes, successfully deliver a membership focused speech, and develop skills needed to facilitate an interactive workshop.
  • Professionalism – Learn to be an effective ambassador of your PTSO. Develop skills needed to project a positive and professional image for you and your organization.
  • Team Building – Learn to build, manage, and be part of a results-driven team.
  • Meeting Management – Develop skills needed to run effective meetings. Build coalitions with other PTSOs focusing on cross-organizational goals.
  • Understanding – Develop an understanding of personal strengths and opportunity areas, the needs of teammates, and the purpose and mission of Idaho's PTSOs.

2012-2013 JSL President Trevor Finch

The JSL President is the elected representative of Idaho's seven PTSOs. The JSL President acts as an ambassador for student leadership and professional-technical education during their year of service. Annual responsibilities include emceeing the Idaho PTE Foundation's Student Day at the Legislature (SDAL), addressing PTE teachers at the annual Summer Conference, and providing leadership at JSL.


Suze Orman says, “In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential.” You may wonder, “How can I obtain the courage to stretch my limits, express my power, and fulfill my potential as a student here in Idaho?” There are probably many answers to this question, but I would like to talk about that one answer that we all have in common - Professional-Technical Student Organizations (PTSO).
For those of you already in a PTSO, stop and think for a minute. How has your participation helped you to have the courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential?  Has it come through competing in events for your organization? Running for an officer position so that you can have the opportunity to lead? Could it have come through the enjoyable trips that have taken you to new places and given you new ideas? Or is it just that you have developed it from learning to step out of your comfort zone and make new friends from other places? For me, I love all that Business Professionals of America gives me – leadership opportunities, wonderful friendships, and expanded knowledge.
Whether it is a big or small student organization here in Idaho, we all love what they give us and how they shape us. I encourage each and every one of you to participate in every student organization that you can. Each one offers you a unique skill to gain. We have seven great organizations in Idaho available to students. You could learn about nutrition in FCCLA, experience agriculture in FFA, or investigate the medical field in HOSA.  You can also find opportunities to increase your knowledge of business and marketing in BPA or DECA, and expand your workforce skills in SkillsUSA or TSA. Even if one of these student organizations doesn’t exactly match the career you want to pursue, I encourage you to join it. You may be surprised by how much you’ll benefit in more ways than one.
Anyone who joins a PTSO with the determination to succeed can find success in his or her own way. Your background and your social status will not matter as much as how hard you choose to work to achieve goals, strengthen courage, and develop leadership. As the great author J.K. Rowling says, “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” Through student organizations, each of us can grow to become the future leaders and workers of America. This year, I challenge each of you to strive to achieve your goals and grow closer to your future. Get started by joining a professional-technical student organization in your school!

Learn, Lead, Succeed!