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Student Board Member Symposium

Student Board Member Symposium brings together students serving on school boards across the state of California. This one day intensive program focuses mainly on equipping students with the necessary skills to effectively serve their communities.

Who can attend?

Student Board Members and High Schoolers

Why this conference?
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September 13, Alameda County

September 18, Orange County

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September 13, Alameda County
September 18, Orange County

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Student Board Member Symposium brings together students serving on school boards across the state of California. This one day intensive program focuses mainly on equipping students with the necessary skills to effectively serve their communities. Led by staff with experience as student board members, the workshop passes on a list of best practices and allows students to better understand their role and responsibility.

Check out this article about SBMS from CSBA’s California Schools magazine!

What will be taught?

  • Roles and responsibilities of Student Board Members: what their position entails, who they represent, and what kind of interaction they will have with the rest of the board

  • Education Policy: the history of education funding in and how the LCAP and LCFF works

  • Challenges: problems that students may face and how to respond best to them

  • Presentation Skills: how to speak in public and emphasize certain points when interacting with an older audience

  • Surveying Student Opinion: how to format and create a survey to gain a wider perspective and learn how to gauge opinion from their community

  • Student Rights: the Student Bill of Rights and what powers they hold as representatives on their local school boards

Who can attend?

This conference is primarily focused on instructing current student board members but all are invited to register. In the past, we have had adults from school boards attend as well as administrators and superintendents. Any students or adults who wish to learn more about involving themselves in the community or school district are welcome to attend.

How can I pay for this conference?

Most student board members are sponsored to attend these workshops by the school board they sit on. We consider these workshops an investment in developing stronger leaders and more effective communicators out of the student representatives. We also encourage students who wish to attend to ask their school or ASB to help fund them.

These conferences all occur as a part of the overarching goal of CASC. As we strive to ensure effective student leaders and student councils across the state, we want to raise up the next generation of leaders and equip students to succeed in their endeavors. If you have any questions, please contact the GOALL Director, Julia Schams, at

It is highly encouraged that students also look into the other programs that CASC offers. The Student Advisory Board on Education (SABE) and the Student Advisory Board on Legislation on Education (SABLE) deal more in-depth with positive change for education at the state government level. The Youth Action Summit of California (YASC) sheds light on global issues that need attention and encourages students to make a difference in their communities.

“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

Sample Schedule

Access a sample schedule to learn more about SBMS.

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 GOALL DIrector, Julia Schams, at Julia 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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