California Association of Student Councils

Rating: 4.91 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1212 Preservation Park Way Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: The mission of the California Association of Student Councils is to provide leadership development for elementary, middle and high school students that emphasizes authenticity, ethic, and collaborated decision-making through peer counseling.  Our primary focus is the training of students, advisors, and organizations in California and across the world.  CASC enhances the quality of education by involving students in activities and programs outside the classroom that builds citizenship and encourage self-esteem.  CASC serves as an advocate for youth, provides a channel for student views, and empowers youths to take action.
Programs: CASC programs are completely student run and staffed and invovle mostly peer to peer trainings in small groups. Major skills learned at CASC programs are meeting skills, conflict management, project planning, and team building. Along with trainings, CASC holds conferneces in Sacramento where small groups of students tackle an issue in California public education. At the end of the conference, they present a formal proposal for action to the State Board of Education or the Senate Education Committee. Full information on conferences can be seen here: htttp://www.casc.net/programs
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

More Info

EIN 94-2764267
(510) 834-2272
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

this organization teaches students lifelong skills that can be used in the profession and personal life - from running an effective meeting, building teams to conflict resolution and communication. They have programs for elementary to college level - from participating to train the trainer. I have volunteered on many levels from conferences, summer camp counselor, speaker and board member.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

California Association of Student Councils is a unique student led non profit organization that provides leadership experience and skills to our future leaders. I had the opportunity to be involved with them from high school - through college and into my working career. www.casc.net

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

I credit my success in managing corporate meeting, facilitating, and communication to the CASC experience and trainings. I am currently a successful executive working for the past 18 years.

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

friends i made... the skills i learned... the lifelong experience and memories...

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

young people leading with their hearts, minds and spirts

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

grow with more programs available for more schools offer more scholarships

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I have written a review down below, but I can not stress how great and life changing this organization has been for me. CASC gave me a second home and to a high schooler, it is very special. CASC has been changing students' lives and more than that, it gives students a voice and a purpose. CASC has restored hope for many, and it continues to give more and more. CASC will always be my special place, and an organization that has given me hope for success.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This organization is by far the best non profit. I may be biased because of my involvement, but CASC is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am still a part of CASC and I just came back home from YASC. I first went to the UCSB summer camp in 2011. It was the summer before my sophomore year, and I wish I knew about it sooner. CASC means so much to me. It gave me the capacity to love different people and to think about both sides of the story. The idea of being a leader is not only to serve people, but to empathize for another, and take my values and someone else's value to find a common ground. To lead people does not mean to boss them around, but to go hand in hand with someone else to serve a bigger purpose. This is what I learned through CASC. The people in CASC just amazes me and makes me want to go back right after I leave an event. I feel like I am at home when I am around the lovely CASC students and staff. I admire Doc so much and the students on state council am region cabinets. I definitely recommend the non profit to every student in California. CASC is amazing and everyone should be able to experience what I have experienced through CASC because it is life changing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

Being in CASC has given me so much, from the life-long friendships to leadership skills and increase in confidence. Before CASC. I didn't know where i was heading and I didn't know much about myself, personally. CASC forced me to step outside my comfort zone and face challenges that I never would have faced alone. It has taught me that team work and trust are essential to any successful organization. The skills that i have learned and gained from CASC will be beneficial to the rest of my life.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I recently attended the Student Advisory Board on Education and it was truly life-changing. The people I met were intelligent, motivated, and passionate about education reform. I had never before gone to such a conference where us high school students were able to make a difference, and even advise adults, and being able to participate in this conference made me feel extremely accomplished. It was a one of a kind experience working with youth from all over California to draft proposals for the State Board of Education, and it is an experience that I will never forget.

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

Student Advisory Board on Education

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

let more people know about its amazing programs!!!

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Would not recommend. Organization is mismanaged, outdated in its practices, and grossly over-priced.

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

Was not worth the time.

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

I really don't know where to start.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

CASC has helped me develop as a student, citizen, and leader. In my position on CASC's State Council, I have gained experience that I know has taught me skills that I will apply for the rest of my life. The people that this organization has given me the chance to get to know are phenomenal.

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

my leadership skills

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

have more people attend the conferences! Truly life-changing experiences

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

In the spring of 2009 I found out about a nonprofit organization that hosted local leadership conferences throughout the school year and I heard about one coming up called the California Association of Student Council's Summer Camp. I seemed interested at first because of my friend's comments about his attendance the year before. So I signed up for a scholarship in order to attend the conference and I got it. After going through Summer Camp at UC Santa Barbara through Track 1, I found out that I had the potential to do more than just get good grades, so I decided to join the Region Cabinet. After joining this organization I learned to come out of my shell by stepping outside of my comfort zone and helping others realize the potential they have. Today I continue to stay involved within the organization by attending this past Summer Conference(Track 2), the Staff Development Program, and soon in November by attending the Student Advisory Board on Education which is one of the only opportunities where students get the opportunities to present proposals to the State Board of Education. Last but not least I would like to thank all of those who participate in this organization for keeping the statewide movement going by empowering youth to take action. - JMH

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

the way it has helped me grow as a leader within my school and community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

When I attended my first CASC conference in the summer of 2007, I was an incredibly shy, insecure freshman in high school who thought she had literally no place in the world. At the end of my four days at UCSB Summer Camp, I was a changed person. I knew that, as a leader, I had a purpose, and I had finally found that purpose. Through CASC, I have found myself, I have learned to believe in myself, and I have been able to shape myself around one of CASC's core values: the power of the youth to change the world. Because of CASC, I have been inspired to change my community, and to fight for student rights, and representation in our education systems. CASC provides pathways for students who want to have a voice, who want to hone their leadership skills to be the best they can be, who want to make lifelong friendships. After four years of being involved in this incredibly organization, I am a completely different person than I was on the first day of Summer Camp in 2007. I can honestly say CASC has changed my life for the better.

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

Myself. CASC strives to teach leadership skills and educate the youth on opportunities for reform in our schools and communities, but it truly changes each individual who goes through a CASC program. CASC programs helped find inner confidence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

It's hard to put into words what CASC means to me. It has changed my life. I went into the organization as a timid and extremely insecure person and left much less timid and far more confident. It allowed me to see that I have the power to make change and it gave me the skills to do so. It changed my perspective on the world and has affected my life in every way. I would recommend it to any person from any background. It's an amazing organization and you'll meet some of the most inspirational, intelligent, and genuine people out there.

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

trying situations. For example, if a conflict arises, I can refer back to some pieces of CASC curriculum that deal with conflict.

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

make it more well-known and give as many people as possible a chance to experience it.

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

the inspiring people involved and the amount of work given to us. It really made me more mature and hard-working.

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

some of the smartest and most loving people that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

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

make a much larger impact than it already is.

Ways to make it better...

I would have known about it a long time ago.

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

the current economic climate and raising enough funds to bring in more students from lower-income districts to attend CASC events.

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

I love CASC and it will always be a part of me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

Was this review helpful?