My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for California Association of Student Councils, Oakland, CA, USA
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.
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
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