The California Association of Student Councils (CASC) is a student-led non-profit organization founded in 1947 by the California Department of Education and the California Association of School Administrators. The organization provides leadership training and serves as a channel for the expression of student views. It is governed by a twenty-four member State Council composed of high school students and a twelve member Board of Directors including four students. Our mission is to provide leadership development for elementary, middle and high school students and their advisors in California and across the world through peer training. Our programs emphasize authenticity, ethics and collaborative decision-making and enhance learning outside of the classroom by fostering self-esteem and civic engagement. CASC advocates for youth, provides an avenue for the expression of student views and empowers young people. We conduct over 30 one-day and multi-day programs annually across the State (and virtually during COVID). Programs are open to all students regardless if they hold leadership positions.