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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Student Services, Youth Development Programs

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

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

CASC has opened so many doors for me as an individual. It has granted me the opportunity to become a real part of my community. It is an incredible organization that has changed my life for the better in a short amount of time. It gives youth the chance to take their ambition and run with it in a way that will impact lives forever. CASC's mission is to better the future, and if I know anything for sure it is that it has bettered mine.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

CASC is an organization that has changed my life. I have been fortunate enough to attend the Santa Barbara Summer Leadership Conference, SABE, SABLE, and YASC. Through experiencing the full extent of CASC, I now am a better leader, because I am now equipped with the life skills I need (i.e. running a meeting, public speaking, conflict-resolution) to pursue a leadership position in any field I feel passionate about. Not only am I more capable– I am more confident thanks to CASC as well. SABE and SABLE gave me the opportunity to analyze and understand– and even make changes to–my own education. YASC equipped me with the inspiration and skills necessary to start or work with other non-profits. Now that I am a board member, I can say that CASC on all levels, whether you be a delegate, a counsellor, a cabinet member, a state council member, or a board member, changes lives and continues to develop skilled and ethical leaders from all walks of life.

Review from Guidestar

Jasmine Y.

Board Member

Rating: 5

While CASC came into my life later than I would have liked, I completely embody what CASC has to teach and give. While the California Association of Student Councils does a wonderful job reaching out to students across the world, it especially affected my community. Because of CASC, our region board has been able to accomplish so many things and has been able to give back to our community.

Without being involved CASC, I'm not quite sure where my passion would lie. CASC has not only changed my life, but over the way I think and the way I treat affect others. And I am totally okay with it. It has helped me become not only a better, open minded person, but a more effective leader and student.

The second I began to work with CASC, I fell in love with it. The atmosphere, the kind, welcoming people, and the shared passion to truly do something great was so alluring I could not help but keep coming back.

I am confident that CASC will continue to improve me as a person and cannot wait to impact others the way CASC has impacted me. CASC is truly a wonderful organization that I hope will continue to help kids in the future have a voice and truly Change The Future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The California Association of Student Councils is a life-changing experience that all elementary school, middle school, and high school students should take part in. CASC is not just any leadership organization. What sets CASC apart are the results and success of its programs. Without attending my first CASC conference, I would not be the leader that I am today. CASC has given me the confidence, passion, and set of skills that make me believe that as one individual in the entire world I can make a huge impact. With the set of skills that CASC has given me, I feel ready to take on any challenge, and I can only hope to give back to this amazing organization as much as it has given to me.

2 Simon Z.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CASC embodies the essence of leadership. Why? Because as an organization that is centered around student leadership and student advocacy, CASC successfully strives to develop all types of students from diversified backgrounds and cultures in order to produce excellence in students. Each year, CASC provides a bigger platform for students to express their concerns in both leadership and education on the regional and state level. The organization never fails to inspire the youth to produce phenomenal change.

To me personally, CASC has facilitated my development as a high school student throughout the past three years. By attending multiple in-year conferences, I have thoroughly gained the skills necessary to become an inspirational leader in both my school and community. CASC gave me the confidence to open up to other members in my community and work to inspire change.

CASC's motto is "Change the Future." But it does more than that. It changes people's lives.

Review from Guidestar

Grace20

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.