CASC is a student-led non-profit organization founded in 1947 by the California Department of Education and the California Association of School Administrators.
CASC is governed by a fifteen member Board of Directors composed of ten adults and five students and a twenty-four member State Council that includes high school students who serve as region presidents, program directors and officers.
All of our in-year programs are led by students.
We believe that individual action influences others through a Ripple Effect. Powerful people are powerful influences.
CASC develops the leadership skills of youth empowering them to initiate change now and in the future.
The purpose of the California Association of Student Councils is to improve the quality of life in the world by developing skilled, ethical and sensitive leaders of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
The mission of the California Association of Student Councils is to provide leadership development for elementary, middle and high school students and their advisors in California and across the world through peer training. Our programs emphasize authenticity, ethics and collaborative decision-making and enhance learning outside of the classroom by fostering self-esteem and civic engagement. CASC advocates for youth, provides an avenue for the expression of student views and empowers young people.
The power of youth to change the world
Acceptance of all people
Empowerment and encouragement of youth
The belief that people can continuously develop and change
The power of the individual