I’m glad to see that you have ventured on to the CASC website! My name is Nandeeni Patel, and I am the State Council President of the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) for the 2016-2017 school year. Currently, I am a senior at Vista Murrieta High School going into my third year of involvement with this organization. I began my CASC journey on the Region 12 Cabinet during my sophomore year as the Governmental Affairs and Policy Director. This past year, I served on State Council as the Region 11 President, presiding over the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The impact that this organization has had on my can not be quantified. As a leader, each CASC experience—be it being a delegate, staffing/directing a conference, or attending a State Council meeting— has thrust me outside of my comfort zone and has given me the chance to tap into my untouched potential. The skills this organization provides to a mere high schooler is astounding. It has allowed me to realize the power I hold as an individual to make change in the governance of my education, in my community, in my school, and most importantly within myself. As President, my vision is to ensure that each student in the State of California has access to the resources and training that CASC has to offer. For a wholesome approach to bolster this organization, I plan on making external advancements and internal improvements. Internally, I want to ensure that each individual on State Council has the proper support and resources needed to excel in their position. Continuously, my main focus will be on improving our organization on the grassroots level to ultimately reap the benefits statewide. Through the addition of the Regional Advisory Board and our relationship with organizations like the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the California Association of School Counselors (CASC), each region has increased number of avenues to locally prompt the stronghold in the state that we need to better foster relationships at the state level. Moreover, I want to have an increased emphasis on two main areas: development and outreach. Being on the continuous lookout for new means of funding and more avenues to promote this organization, I plan on taking a more long-term approach to my term. Externally, I wish to continue nurturing the relationships that we have built with ACSA, CASC, the California Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and the California School Boards Association (CSBA). Primarily, I want to partner with ACSA to host an ASB President Symposium at their coming statewide conference in order to train the ASB President’s and raise awareness about our organization to our main audience: the students. Lastly, alongside continuing the battle for state funding with the help of these relationships, I plan on pushing out the California Student Perspective Survey (CSPS) and the Student Feedback to Teachers System that we have established in partnership with Panorama Education. With the help of our partners, the hard work of State Council, and the dedication of our Board of Directors, I look forward to seeing how the next year spawns out for this organization. For any questions about CASC or questions on how to get more involved, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
– Nandeeni Patel, State President