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September 22, 2010

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September 22, 2010

CASC changes people's lives on a profound level by giving young students the opportunity to be real leaders in their communities. Their leadership training seminars and summer camps covers content that most corporate CEO's have yet to grasp and in ways that makes sense to even junior high kids. What is most unique about CASC is that the entire organization is run by these same students. Students are the camp counselors, run the logics of the conference, serve as the governing body and even develop new leadership curriculm. When I worked with CASC I had the opportunity to meet with world leaders, travel around the world and make a difference in people's lives everyday. Those experiences have helped me in every facet of my life. When I served in the military fighting in Iraq I used CASC principles of sharing and giving to help win the hearts and minds of the local Iraqis. By giving small gifts of kindness (called warmfuzzies) to the local kids, the number of bomb strikes on our patrol dropped dramatically. When I returned home and started working for an advocacy organization for veterans, I used CASC's project planning and problem solving tools to address serious issue facing our nation's veterans. Using CASC's project planning arrow and tools for reaching agreement I was able to shepard the passage of the largest increase in veterans education benefits since WWII (over $70 billion). None of that would have been possible without the tools I learned through CASC. CASC is more then a great nonprofit... it is an amazing nonprofit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in my time serving in the military and as an advocate for veterans in Washington. CASC inspires you to make a difference and then gives you the tools and training to make it happen.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to learn first hand the responsibility of being a leader.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the most amazing people I will ever meet in my life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world, by building a community of leaders that are engaged and trained to make a difference. This type of early investment is like buying Google stock before Apple IIe was invented.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 20, 2010

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September 20, 2010

My first experience was at Stanford Summer Camp 2008 in which I was a Track I delegate and completely new to CASC. Admittedly it was a really overwhelming experience with all the curriculum taught as well as the high expectations counselors have on you to participate and be respectful. Yet, despite these set backs that I encountered in my first experience, through continued exposer to the organization I grew to love and appreciate what the organization did and what I could contribute back. By staffing in year conferences, going through SDP to be trained as a summer camp counselor, and then going through Track II, I would say that it was money and time well spent. Every moment I learned, grew, and achieved at levels I had never expected. As an inherent skeptic I found this organization surprisingly refreshing from other leadership organizations I have come in contact with. It has been such a pleasure that I pursued the prestigious positions on the State Council. Now as a member of that group, I truly feel that the benefits from being associated with this organization stem not from what you get from CASC but what you can give back due to what CASC has taught you.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Within my everyday life. I've learned skills such as presentation skills as well as ways to handle conflicts in a tactful and democratic manner. The education legislation that has been passed by CASC recently, SB1422, has led to great reform at my school.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Suggest that there be greater visibility of the organization and that they make an effort to be given credit for the hard work they put into education legislation as well as in training leaders of tomorrow in extremely effective ways.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people. They are fantastic and are the most passionate and hard working peers I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, competent, and extremely helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread the word of CASC 2020, as well as be able to increase diversity in socio - economic representation at all conferences year round.

Ways to make it better...

I had been more familiar with the organization prior to my first summer conference experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the support it needs from the greater California community. The accomplishments made by this organization often go unnoticed because it is student led.

One thing I'd also say is that...

CASC changes you and in turn, you change CASC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 19, 2010

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September 19, 2010

CASC is and AMAZING organization that has changed my life. I have learned to love people for who they are and what they contribute to society. I have met so many wonderful friends through CASC and we all share the same love for improving the California Education system. At CASC, not only do you learn practical leadershiip knowledge such as project planning, problem solving, and team building, but you also learn a lot about yourself which in turn makes you a better leader for it. I will always remember the "CASC-high" and strive to feel that powerful for the rest of my life. CASC is a one a kind organization that all students should have an opportunity to experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experience the results of this organization in my personal life with the relationships I have. Also, in my high school's ASB. We were a much stronger team after attending the CASC UCSB Summer camp.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make would be to include conferences for college students. Why stop at high school? The CASC experience is powerful no matter what your age is.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting friends from all over the state and making a positive difference in people lives and in the California Education system.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Upbeat, positive, friendly, full of energy, helpful, kind, good hearted people who love to make things happen.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world :)

Ways to make it better...

nothing. It was great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

CASC is an amazing experience. I'm sure that plenty of reviews have already raved about the one-of-a-kind experience that this organization offers. It is true. Strong friendships are formed on so many different levels and it seems everyone manages to make a deep connection that lasts far beyond just one conference. I am a very upbeat person in general but I feel that my smile gets twice as big every time I am at a CASC event because I enjoy myself so much. I definitely encourage any student who is interested in community involvement, governmental voice, or just leadership in general to attend any CASC event.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the various conferences I have had the opportunity to attend and the amazing friendships I have made. The curriculum really helps to develop leaders as well as just teach basic life skills that benefit entire communities.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

develop a yearlong curriculum that could be used as a class at school. That way, the curriculum could have a greater reach and even more lives would be impacted. Also, I would possibly create local chapters for campus clubs that would integrate this.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the team atmosphere where the work is less focused on the individual but the team working together as one unit. Through this, the individual also grows by giving unselfishly and learning how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fun and outstanding people. We were all passionate for CASC and its goals in our own way. CASC had something for everyone, whether it be training leaders, lobbying for education, or raising global awareness.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. It could extend the opportunity for all students to attend the conferences. It would also be able to use the money for greater publicity and developing the curriculum.

Ways to make it better...

there was more scholarship funding available and even more conferences to continue involvement

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising the necessary funds to support students coming from lower-income districts so that any and all students have the opportunity to attend CASC conferences.

One thing I'd also say is that...

CASC is an amazing organization that just needs to be utilized even more. If it can spread its influence even more, it will be unstoppable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 12, 2010

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September 12, 2010

CASC is a great organization dedicated to its mission of training student leaders and empowering youth. It showed me how to make a difference in my world and fostered my growth as an individual. My year as ASB president wouldn't have been as successful without the skills I learned from CASC. I've been re-elected for a second term! CASC is rather like a wave that picks you up with its energisers, drowns you in its curriculum, and returns you to the beach with a roar

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My ASB worked better after the CASC training, no more struggles to reach consensus with the group (debates, but not struggles), no more confusion at meetings, more open mindedness, etc.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

A great thing about CASC is that it is always learning an adapting. I could put down something here for them to improve, but by the time you read it its probably already been fixed!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the useful skills and knowledge I have taken away as well as the inspiring atmosphere

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, passionate, and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach students all over the world that it financially can't right now, empowering them and giving them skills for success. It could reach across gaps, bring together youth, and educate the next generation in peace and self determination.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't had to leave at the end and go back to the "real world". :) But the real world is better for having me and the others back!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I can't think of any other organization like CASC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 12, 2010

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September 12, 2010

My experience with CASC was, quite frankly, life-changing. Looking back, I only wish I got involved with CASC earlier than I did. I was a delegate at summer camp my first year, and I was so motivated by the staff: I couldn't believe that the organization was run entirely by students. I returned the next year as a rising h.s. senior, hoping to be a counselor myself; although that didn't work out for me, I learned a lot about unconditional service for something I am passionate about while I served on the A-team. For me, CASC is a reminder that we can all be the change we want to see happen. Through CASC, I have been practicing not judging others-- through CASC's staff development program, I have met people whose qualities I want to possess as well. I've always agreed that the world would be close to perfect if everyone went to CASC.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

life in general

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 10, 2010

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September 10, 2010

CASC has really changed my life in ways that I never thought possible. It is amazing because it is almost all student run, and that has a way of touching youth that teachers, parents, and other adults can rarely accomplish.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

At camp, I made new friends that seemed to have the same passion for change and leadership as I did, and that was really refreshing. On the region cabinet, I have gained new a sense of importance and responsibility that has made me a better person.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 10, 2010

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September 10, 2010

My experience in CASC started when I became involved in the student governing body of the organization. In different programs, especially the CASC summer camps, I had the opportunity to learn helpful leadership skills that I would never be able to learn at school. CASC has also reminded me of the value of the education we receive. In addition to all of these great knowledge, I've met many wonderful people who are involved in this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I use a lot of the skills that I learned at CASC events, especially communication skills. I can express my thoughts more clearly and effectively. Also, CASC has allowed me to be a better team member.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 8, 2010

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September 8, 2010

I'm in my first year of college now and can very easily say that CASC is the best thing that could have happened to me. I was a very average student and a very average person and didn't really know how to do much and really hadn't done anything of substance. I was very insecure with myself and with other people and in general was unhappy. CASC changed that. After my first conference (SABE 08)--it sounds cliche, but I really was empowered to do things, to put myself out there and just do what I thought was right. The day I got back from that conference I got involved in my region cabinet and from then on I took literally every opportunity I could to be more involved in CASC. That year as a delegate I learned more about myself, about people, about working with people, and about accomplishing goals than in all of my other experiences combined. I was fortunate enough to be able to staff those same conferences the following year and found them incredibly rewarding. The delegate experience is amazing, but pales in comparison to how great it is to be a part of the team planning for and running the conferences (which is why I took 78 days off from school just so I could do more with CASC). CASC really taught me all I think I really need to know about myself and about life and even when I am at my most cynical, I'll always be able to use what I used as CASC as a guiding force in my life. Besides my individual experience, I had a chance to meet some of the most incredible people and make who I know will be my best friends for the rest of my life. I've said it before and I'll say it again: solely for my own benefit, I'll be as involved as I possibly can at every stage of my life and know I won't be as happy without it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My interpersonal and management skills, my happiness--really every aspect of my life.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 8, 2010

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September 8, 2010

My first CASC experience was at a Region 2 meeting back in 1988. It was so great to be around other students wanting to make a difference in their schools and communities. I wanted more! I went to Chico and Santa Barbara summer camps and was even more excited to learn meeting & organizational skills and what kind of leader I wanted to be from other students my age. Coming from a very small town, I did not have too many opportunities to learn what a diverse state we live in. I became more a confident leader but also learned who I wanted to be. I had the wonderful opportuinty to become a counselor and later a gamma (Counselor's counselor). I was invited to facilitate with other organizations and also travelled to Russia to work with our sister organization there. I continue to be involved with Alumni activities and remain in contact with many of the amazing people I met 20 years ago.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my choice to become a teacher and become a positive influence on others.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful people and experiences I have had.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide leadership training to students in California and continue to support the many programs that give students a voice in their communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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