The High School Foreign Service Association: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diplomats

In a world where global understanding and diplomacy are more critical than ever, the High School Foreign Service Association (HSFSA) is dedicated to inspiring and educating tomorrow’s diplomats. This non-partisan organization connects high school students across the United States with unique access to invaluable resources and opportunities to learn about international relations and diplomacy.

What is the HSFSA?

Founded in 2021, the HSFSA aims to foster a deep appreciation for diplomacy among high school students. The association now boasts 77 chapters across 21 states, providing a platform for students to explore careers in foreign service, engage in meaningful discussions, and develop essential diplomatic skills.

Initiatives and Resources

HSFSA offers a variety of initiatives and resources to its members:

  • Guest Speakers: Chapters can invite experienced diplomats to share their insights and experiences, offering a firsthand look at the world of diplomacy.
  • Free Educational Materials: Through partnerships with organizations like the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), HSFSA provides books, journals, and other resources to enhance students’ understanding of diplomacy.
  • Diplomacy Simulations: In collaboration with the National Museum of American Diplomacy, HSFSA hosts simulations that immerse students in real-world diplomatic scenarios, helping them develop critical thinking and negotiation skills.
  • Awareness Campaigns: The “Diplomacy Matters” campaign encourages students to present the relevance of diplomacy in various contexts, fostering a broader appreciation for international relations.
  • Educational Resources: HSFSA creates interactive tools and daily content to educate students on diplomatic agreements and the importance of diplomacy in global affairs.
  • Debates and Discussions: Regularly scheduled debates and discussions allow students to voice their opinions, learn from peers, and enhance their communication skills.

Connection to AFSA

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) is a key partner of the HSFSA. AFSA provides resources, facilitates connections with diplomats, and endorses the association’s mission. This partnership ensures that students receive a comprehensive and authentic diplomacy education. By enriching the HSFSA’s programs and extending its reach, AFSA influences more young minds to consider careers in foreign service.

Additional Highlights

  • Essay Contests: HSFSA organizes essay contests that challenge students to think critically about foreign policy and diplomacy, offering recognition and awards for outstanding submissions.
  • Community Engagement: Chapters are encouraged to engage with their local communities, promoting the importance of diplomacy and international cooperation.


The High School Foreign Service Association is more than just an organization; it is a movement dedicated to preparing the next generation of diplomats. By providing students with unparalleled access to resources, experiences, and expert insights, HSFSA is cultivating a new wave of informed, passionate, and capable young leaders ready to take on the world’s diplomatic challenges.

For more information on how to get involved, visit the HSFSA’s official website or read more about their initiatives on the AFSA website.

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