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Student Advisory Board on Education (SABE)

SABE is an annual conference where California students collaboratively create and present educational reform proposals to the California State Board of Education.

Who can attend?

Middle and High Schoolers

Why this conference?

Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown 300 J St. Sacramento, CA 95814

Starting At


Date & Time

Nov 11-13, 2024

Apply By

4 weeks before for the Early Bird Discount


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For more than 40 years, student representatives from across California have met annually to find ways to improve our schools. Through the Student Advisory Board on Education (SABE) held each November, students create and present their recommendations to the California State Board of Education. This is the only conference nationwide that gives students a direct voice to the State Board of Education, and the results have made a big impact in our schools. Don’t miss your chance to play an active role in your education! NOTE: A confirmation letter will be sent upon acceptance into the program. If you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be returned.

How SABE Works At SABE, students are divided into small groups where they identify and discuss specific problems in the state’s education system. For four days students work long hours, evaluating the issues and creating solutions. On the last day, each group, presents its developed proposal to the California State Board of Education. Application Process SABE delegates have the honor and responsibility of representing the 6.3 million public school students in California in the only formal student presentation to a State Board of Education in the nation. Conference space is limited, and interested students are required to go through an application process. Delegates are selected for their passion for education reform and their involvement in their schools, communities, and beyond. All high school and middle school students who care about education are encouraged to apply. Participants After SABE, students have the unique opportunity to follow up on proposals that were created during the conference at the Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education (SABLE). Though non-SABE delegates are also invited to attend SABLE, SABE delegates are highly encouraged to come to SABLE and present their refined proposals to the Senate and Assembly Committees on Education.

Article on SABE

Video Presentation of SABLE Participants

Each year, SABLE members presented their education reform proposals to the Assembly Committee on Education in the senate chambers at the Capitol. This presentation has been made available online. CASC is grateful to the California Channel: Your Streaming Source For Politics and Public Affairs That Shape California for making this presentation available for viewing.

“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

“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

University of Southern California Class of 2020

Past Proposals

Access all the past SABE proposals that have been presented to the California State Board of Education by delegates below.

All students should be able to participate, regardless of their financial situations. Schools are responsible for the registration costs, although some students do cover their own fees. We understand that time is limited, and we will work with you to ensure proper processing of payments.

Many community groups will also be interested in sponsoring your work at the state level. Please refer to this fundraising guide used by delegates to obtain funding or check out a draft sponsorship letter. Feel free to get in touch with if you would like help or guidance.​

Funding and Sponsorships

For questions or more information, please contact the Education Policy Director, Akshaya Aalla, at or the CASC office at (510) 834-2272 or,

CASC Contact Information

CASC has scholarships for students. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Click here to access the Scholarship Application.

CASC Scholarship

  • For over 70 years, the California Association of Student Councils has been the state’s student-run organization focusing on youth leadership. CASC serves student councils and their advisors, as well as all other young leaders and students who want to make a difference in their community. Through peer-to-peer leadership training and conferences, CASC provides students and advisors the opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with other students and advisors, and become empowered. CASC also lobbies for students and better schools at the state and local levels.​

  • There are none! We are proud to have an extremely diverse group of students and advisors participate in our programs. Some come to our programs with years of leadership experience and extracurricular activities while others come to our programs with none. Everyone learns and grows from our programs in different ways. Anybody who wishes to develop their leadership skills is welcome to join our program.

  • You can get involved in a number of ways:

    1. Attend a statewide CASC program – summer camp, SABE, SABLE, or YASC

    2. Attend a region conference with your ASB or other student leaders

    3. Contact your local region president and get involved with your region

    4. Become a part of the governing body of CASC by applying for state council

  • You can check out our programs directory by clicking on the "PROGRAMS" tab!

  • CASC is unique from other organizations in a variety of ways:

    1. Peer-to-Peer Training: Rather than adults teaching curriculum and teambuilding to students, at CASC events highly-trained students lead most of the activities.

    2. CASC conferences focus on teaching students HOW to do things rather than WHAT to do. We provide skills and knowledge that will go farther than a dance theme or fundraising idea. The skills and curriculum CASC encourages students to think critically and teaches students how to apply curriculum to any and every part of their lives.

    3. CASC recognizes and supports the power of youth: This is an organization run FOR students BY students to ensure that all the needs of students are heard and met. We have high school and college students voting and making decisions alongside adults on the Board of Directors.

  • Check out our guide to attend a program for free! It should answer all of your questions as well as provide instructions on how to acquire scholarships from either CASC or local organizations! If you have further questions, contact the CASC Office or the State Development Director.

  • Whether you are a current student, alumni, parent, or any other stakeholder of the organization, you can help send students to CASC conferences to gain a life-changing experience. Any amount, small or big, will help students obtain a scholarship to attend programs. Donate today!

  • Regions are divided into twelve different areas of California, covering all 58 counties. It is based on your school location and you can find out your region by clicking on the 'Regions' tab.

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