SGI President Ikeda has the utmost confidence in young people, including junior high and high school students. "Without young people," he says, "we will have no future. Such things as mentor and disciple, truth and justice, and victory will be no more than empty phrases. We risk losing the precious struggle for kosen-rufu. Let's open the future by bringing many more young people into our movement" (March 31, 2006, World Tribune). Because of his care for youth and deep desire to see them become happy and realize their potential, he established the high school division in Japan, on June 7, 1964 and the junior high school division on Jan. 15, 1965.

It was on March 14, 1993, during a visit to San Francisco, that President Ikeda established the junior high and high school divisions in the United States.

Since that time, President Ikeda has made consistent efforts to encourage and inspire members of the JHHS division. Below is a brief outline of our SGI-USA JHHS divisions' history with President Ikeda: