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CASC is a statewide advocate for youth. The Government Affairs Program Director on State Council serves as a lobbyist in Sacramento, working with legislators and other policymakers to support and draft education-related legislation.


CASC supports such legislation by organizing letter-writing drives and other methods to reach out to students and adult stakeholders in education for support.


All positions and ideas for legislation are created by students at the Student Advisory Board on Education (SABE) and the Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education (SABLE). At these conferences, delegates create formal proposals which they present to State Board of Education and the State Legislature. After the conferences, the Government Affairs Program Director follows up with the policymakers and coordinates students statewide to provide support.


In order to know how best to support California’s students, CASC needs to hear from the students themselves! Please encourage your schools to take the time to share their experiences in the California Student Perspective Survey.

AB-748 ( Carillo, 2022)

Requires schools serving grades 6-12 to display mental health posters on campus, informing students of mental health tips and available resources


  • Over the past 75 years, CASC has trained over 250,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in leadership and life skills.

  • Since 2012, six pieces of legislation introduced by CASC student leaders have been signed into law.

  • Placed over 500 students on school accreditation teams.

  • Secured a student voting position on the California State Board of Education.

  • Introduced CASC curriculum in eight countries including China, Russia, Pakistan, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Armenia, and Croatia.

  • As a result of its success in youth leadership and development, the California Task Force on Self-Esteem honored CASC as a model self-esteem program, and the International Youth Foundation selected CASC as a model youth program.

  • In 2017 alone, CASC distributed more than $20,000 in scholarships to participants in need.

  • CASC could not provide outstanding education and social experiences to more than 2,000 youth annually without the commitment of dozens of volunteers who serve as youth advisors and contribute thousands of hours to ensure the success of each of our programs.

  • Documented statistically significant increase in delegate self-esteem and perception of self as a leader.​

  • One-hundred-percent of State Council members earn degrees at 4-year colleges.


  • Placed student members on legislative committees for the Association of School Administrators and the California School Board Association.


  • One-hundred-percent of alumni surveyed stated that involvement in CASC influenced their success as a leader. Ninety-five-percent stated that CASC had a greater influence on them than any other organization. Eighty-eight-percent stated that CASC involvement influenced their professional accomplishments.


  • Alumni serve(d) as CEO's, COO's, and CFO's of start-ups, executives at nonprofits, officials in the U.S. State Department, U.S. Treasury Department, professors, attorneys, physicians, school administrators, business consultants, professional speakers, engineers, and film producers. Prominent CASC alumni include:

    • Wally Adeyemo, Former Assistant Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of the Treasury

    • Laurel Miller, Former envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, U.S. State Department

    • Joe Simitian, Former State Senator and current Supervisor in the Santa Clara County

    • Mike Walsh, 2017-2018 President of the California School Boards Association and board member in the Butte County Office of Education

    • Derek Yung, CFO Hotwire



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