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
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Rating: 5 stars  

The California Association of Student Councils (CASC) easily changed my life. When I was in high school I was a little lost and unsure about myself and future, and then was directed towards a CASC Conference, which helped me find my voice and my direction. I am now 30 years old and work in mental health, helping empower others, and I truly believe that this is a result of my involvement with CASC.

 
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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

 
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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!!!

 
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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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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.

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!

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?

2010-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I really enjoyed casc not a day goes by that I don't use there curiculum I love everything they did for me I want to stay invoved in the program I want to become a counsler for casc next summer the best confrence I have ever been to I feel that casc should get 5 stars thank you

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

Casc summer confrence

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

Not change anything it's perfect

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

Everything

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

The staff was wonderful

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

Do more great and wonderful things

Ways to make it better...

Hard to say they were wonderful

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

The lack of funding

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

Casc is amazing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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