Executive Director

With CASC, you will discover opportunities for youth to develop skills essential for effective leadership and management. Workshops and conferences held annually throughout the State of California provide training in:

  • making effective presentations, facilitating meetings

  • planning projects

  • resolving conflict, working as a team

Students work in groups led by a trained high school or college students to practice skills and to reflect on their experiences.CASC provides opportunities for youth to impact policy at the district and state levels. Numerous bills have been introduced in the state legislature as a result of student proposals. We have conducted programs and retreats for ASBs, entire classes, youth advisory councils in cities, and entire student bodies. At one school, CASC curriculum is taught in every classroom several times each week by students enrolled in the leadership class! No idea is too big to be explored! We are here to help you develop the programs of your dreams.

 

– Dr. June Thompson, CASC Executive Director

On the international level, she designed the curriculum for three Global Youth Summits, represented the United States at the 2006 Forum for Development of a National Youth Policy sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Education and the 2006 CivilG8 meeting in Moscow. Since 1987, CASC training has taken place in Japan, Russia, Kazakhstan, South Africa and the United Kingdom. She is a co-founder of Global Youth Leaders, an international non-profit organization, committed to reaching youth across the world with CASC curriculum.

Dr. Thompson has published in the areas of teacher evaluation and leadership education. She holds a B.S. and an M.A. from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Dr. June Thompson serves as Executive Director of the California Association of Student Councils (CASC), a position she has held since 1982. Under her guidance, the organization developed a national and international reputation for the excellence of its peer-to-peer leadership training of youth. On the national level, Dr. Thompson served as Dean of Instruction for the International Youth Leadership Program sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, coordinator of training for the national youth board of Campfire Boys and Girls, co-designer of the National Service Executive Leadership Program for the Corporation of National Service and the architect of leadership development for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She has consulted for a wide variety of organizations including, Habitat for Humanity, Frito-Lay, Harcourt Brace and Javonovich, People Soft, Amgen, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and the United States House of Representative Democratic Caucus.

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