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
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Rating: 5 stars  

The California Association of Student Councils is easily the best decision of my high school career. Never have I ever felt so empowered and confident in myself and the personal development I have experienced over the last four years from CASC is truly amazing.

I started CASC as a shy freshman when I attended UC Berkeley 2011 Summer Camp. CASC was such a welcoming, friendly environment and despite only four days, I became such great friends with people in a short period of time. Not an avid speaker, CASC presented me many opportunities to step outside of my comfort zone and grow externally and internally. After summer camp, I took it upon myself to take on as many CASC opportunities as I could, and throughout the past 4 years, CASC really pushed me to become a better person and leader.

CASC gave me a voice and the knowledge and skill set of a life time. I cannot thank CASC enough for the support and lessons it has taught me as well as the amazing people who I have become close friends with. CASC is definitely one of the most life-changing experiences ever. Without this organization, I really don't know where I would be because CASC has truly made me who I am.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASC made me the person I am today. UCSB Summer Camp started my CASC journey -- I was inspired by high-school-age counselors and staff, directly changing lives. I couldn't imagine myself being so confident and impactful. But I went to SDP and trained and learned for three long days, and then I found myself counseling my own group of 8 high school students. I found myself and I found confidence in myself and my leadership abilities. I am a leader. And I made my mark on hundreds of lives. I didn't have to be loud or outgoing or grownup to "be the change I wanted to see in the world." I can't thank CASC enough for making me a leader.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am one of those kids that wants to make a change in this world. Before I became a part of CASC, I had no idea how to go about making this change. After going to one of their programs and being a part of the State Council, I finally discovered what I want to do and how to go about making a difference. They opened my eyes to tons of opportunities and showed me that the best time to start something is now. I can't thank them enough for the tools they've given me that will help me become the leader I want to be and for how much they inspired me. I hope they can keep working on helping kids like me for many years to come!

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

Make it less expensive so that more people can attend the conferences.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had my first CASC experience last year when I joined the Los Angeles county region cabinet, and since then CASC has transformed my life. This organization really empowers students to try to step up to make a difference in their community. At my first major conference, SABLE, the Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education, I presented a bill proposal before the California Assembly Education Committee. This was a marvelous experience for me. To date, I'm still trying to make the bill proposal a reality, using the experiences CASC gave me. Currently, I am the Region 9 President and a student member on the Board of Directors. Honestly, I just want to get as involved as possible with this wonderful organization and help grow it to its greatest potential. I've seen lives drastically changed by this organization and I want to make sure every student in California has an opportunity to have their lives changed.

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?

2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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