Who We Are

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship and helps middle-level students develop the knowledge and skills to become well-rounded student leaders in their school, community, and beyond.

NJHS chapters operate in all 50 states and schools around the world, engaging and serving more than one million students. Each year, the average NJHS chapter contributes:

  • 650 hours of school/community service
  • $1,000 in charitable donations
  • 500 pounds of food to local, state, and national causes
  • 375 pints of blood

Reflecting school leaders’ profound commitment to student leadership development, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) founded NJHS in 1928 with the purpose of creating enthusiasm for scholarship; stimulating a desire to render service; promoting leadership; encouraging responsible citizenship; and developing character in secondary school students.

In addition to NJHS, NASSP founded and manages the National Honor Society (est. in 1921), National Student Council (est. in 1931), and National Elementary Honor Society (est. in 2008).


Listening to kids makes us stronger.

Whether your school’s student leadership is flourishing, emerging, or somewhere in-between, NJHS is for you.

The NJHS program empowers and equips your students with the knowledge and skills to be transformative leaders in your school, community, and beyond. In addition, it provides a necessary bridge between students and school leaders—helping you to engage and hear what students think, feel, and need.

With an active NJHS chapter membership, your school and students have access to:

  • LEAD Conferences
    Designed to help good student leaders become exceptional, LEAD Conferences provide NSC, NHS, and NJHS members national-level leadership training. Students will return with new ideas, skills, and energy to affect positive change in their school and community.

  • NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award
    It’s never too early to jump-start a student’s journey toward higher education. NASSP awards 500 exceptional NJHS members with a $500 college savings account in recognition of their commitment to the five pillars of NJHS.

  • College and Career Readiness Series
    Live webinars on the college admission planning process give student members and their parents access to valuable advice directly from admissions experts.

We’ve Got Your Back

Creating opportunities for your students and investing in their leadership development requires commitment, time, and resources, but you aren’t alone.

NASSP has a suite of tools, supports, and resources for advisers and schools to successfully run an NJHS chapter from start to finish:

  • Adviser Resource Centers
    Access step-by-step guidelines, sample bylaws, member handbooks, program Constitutions, and more. This online portal is designed to guide advisers through every step of running a strong NJHS chapter.

  • Adviser Online Community
    Connect with fellow NJHS advisers around the country who can answer tough questions, give sound advice, and share fresh perspectives.

  • National Student Project Database
    Search through more than 11,000 service project ideas submitted by honor society chapters and student councils from across the country.

  • On-Demand Customer Care
    Our qualified team of experts is readily available to help you effectively manage your NJHS chapter. There’s no question that’s too big or too small!

  • Adviser Webinar Series
    Presented live and on demand throughout the school year, each webinar offers tips, resources, and advice covering four main topics: back to school, adviser basics, student profiles, and awards.

  • Adviser-Focused Workshops
    Attend special sessions tailored for advisers at our annual LEAD conference.


Have a question about NJHS or our other student leadership programs? Our team is standing by to help! You can reach us by phone: (703) 860-0200 or via email: [email protected].

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