“For me, the CASC experience was one of unparalleled opportunity. From CASC, I surfaced with some of the most valuable resources: a set of effective, implementable leadership techniques, opportunities to implement these skills in the real world, and a group of like-minded, lifelong friends. Most importantly, however, CASC helped me develop a strong sense of purpose, a sense that the world is in urgent need of my generation’s help.”
-Nicolas Jofre, 2007-2009 State Council Member, Harvard University Class of 2013
“CASC is not unique in that it teaches you leadership – you can learn effective leadership virtually anywhere. But CASC is unique in that it thrusts responsibility and public speaking onto your hands, forcing you to become both a better person and a better leader.
Whether you’re a novice club member or a veteran on ASB, you will most definitely treasure your experience in CASC.”
-Steven Hong, Stanford University Class of 2016
“CASC has really been an amazing organization in my life because it has had two crazy important functions: 1. It’s taught be extremely valuable skills that will help me in college and beyond. 2. It’s shown me that I too can lead others, teach complicated curriculum, organize conferences, & so much more. CASC has shown me what it means to be a leader.
The Region 10 Conferences last year were some of my first exposures to the CASC family, so if you’ve never been to a CASC conference, this is a great opportunity! Even if you have attended other conferences, this conference is a great opportunity to build new skills, expand your network, & have fun! I sincerely hope you’ll join us!”
-Connor Regan, Northwestern University Class of 2016
“Being involved in CASC has been a defining aspect of my life – not only has it given me something to be passionate about and work hard for throughout my high school career, but my involvement in CASC has fostered my own personal growth in ways I didn’t know were possible. It has taught me that I am powerful and have the ability to make change, even though I am young. Even more than that, it has taught me to always push myself outside of my comfort zone, and to learn and grow from every experience – that is something I will undoubtedly carry with me well into my adult life.”
-Olivia Nouriani, South Pasadena High School Class of 2017
“To me, CASC is more than an ordinary organization. CASC is my source of inspiration and motivation– this organization empowers me to strive towards becoming a better version of myself. CASC reminds me that we as students have the ability to make impactful change in the world around us.”
-Deborah Lee, Beverly Hills High School Class of 2016
“The focus of the California Association of Student Councils, more commonly known as CASC, is to raise the future leaders of tomorrow. Everyone who attends the camp gets a one-in-a-lifetime chance to learn about each other, openly share their thoughts, and idealize their futures. For me, CASC was an opportunity to think about how to become a better leader and to reflect on my true motivations. It finally gave me the chance to explore myself, my ideas, and my attributes.
In addition, I learned more about teamwork in the three days I attended CASC than I have in my entire life. One would think that a leadership camp would focus completely on the individual, but I learned a lot about how to cooperate with my CASC family and literally reach for my goals with other people. The somewhat bizarre assignments we accomplished, such as preventing an egg from cracking and building a tall tower from paper, encouraged us to collaborate with people we had just met, and helped us to foster our growing talents for cooperation. I was able to truly realize the power of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities coming together to achieve a common goal.
All these individually simple activities came together to become a touching three-day experience that I will never forget. What started as a straightforward leadership camp eventually proved itself to be an eye-opening milestone in my life.”
-Ashley Kim, New Covenant Academy Class of 2020 in the Korea Times US
“It was during a recent Youth Build workshop in Bakersfield that it occurred to me (once again) the importance of the skills that I’ve developed as a result of my affiliation with CASC as a participant, counselor, and the influence of Phil Boyte, Scott Winter, Lauren Ball and many other CASC alumni.
My ability to facilitate groups large and small looks magical to some as if I were born with that ability. While I’m sure I already had some talent for those skills, I will admit that I am far more polished and intentional because of my CASC knowledge and experiences. That is what I hope to help more teachers understand. I want them to appreciate the importance of understanding that these truly are lifetime skills, not just skills for deciding the theme of the next dance.”
-Mike Walsh, CEO of Beacon Results
“Thank you for making this training happen. I look forward to scheduling trainings for cohort 3 and cohort 4.
As for this cohort 2 training on Monday, October 7th – I believe it went over very very well. The CASC presenters were full of energy and ready to create a new look for the Kern YouthBuild participants. The CASC presenters really stepped up and guided the Kern YB participants directions on how to expand past negative thoughts, behaviors, stigmas not only about themselves but their community in general. I’m sure there was a challenge in making this happen due to the dynamics of the group being at-risk, low income, possibly incarcerated, and age difference but the CASC crew was so confident in themselves and what CASC has to offer it the those barriers down. CASC presenters allowed for our Kern YouthBuild program to grow and expand the participants even more and I greatly appreciate it.
Again, THANKS and I look forward to working with CASC for our future cohorts.”
“We just finished our student council meeting and it was amazing! I owe it to CASC!”
-Monica Rasmussen, Director of Activities, Saint Elizabeth High School (October 3, 2013)
“Our success is in large part due to dedicated staff who support the event and the support of visionary local business and community leaders like Morgan Clayton. I think the single most impactful thing we have done over the past 18 years was to add a collaborative partnership with a group called the California Association of Student Councils (C.A.S.C.) as they have created a training process refined over a 60 year period that has been set up for the teens to learn the skills needed to organize and facilitate meetings, and learn the public speaking skills and advocacy skills to make their voices heard. I would encourage you to look at CASC training as there are student groups that attend training here in California that come from China and other countries and some CASC trainers have travelled oversees to train when the host organization paid CASC to send their trainers.”
– Daryl Thiessen, Prevention Programs Coordinator II, Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office