Since 1931 the goal of NASC has been to help all student councils become more effective organizations. NASC represents middle level and high school councils nationwide. It seeks to provide a valuable leadership partnership between students and their school. It creates the opportunity for students to become effective leaders, thus encouraging and influencing a positive school climate.
NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Its operation and administration are at the national office in Reston, Virginia. An Advisory Committee, whose membership included students, advisers and principals appointed by the NASSP Board of Directors provides valuable input and advice to NASC staff and are national advocates for the association.
Purposes of NASC
The purposes of the NASC shall be:
- To promote student participation within the school and its community
- To encourage the development of new student councils in high schools and middle level schools
- To assist all student councils in becoming more effective organizations within their school, community, state, and nation
- To assist state associations of student councils
- To provide student council members, advisers, and state executive directors with assistance as requested and to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of information on all phases of student council activities
- To provide leadership training for student council members and advisers
- To encourage and support healthy living styles for young people; and
- To assist student councils and their leadership to focus on relevant current problems that affect them and to encourage them to seek solutions to those problems.
NASC Vision Statement
The National Association of Student Councils promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower student leaders to serve their schools and communities.
- Empowered students are vehicles for positive change in their school and community.
- Student leaders have the responsibility to be positive role models.
- Student councils play a vital role in preserving knowledge of and practice in the democratic process.
- Leadership training programs are essential to allow developing leaders to achieve their full potential.
- Involvement in state and national programs enhances the local school's leadership development program.
- Student council programs are stronger when all students are encouraged to participate.
- Every secondary school should have a student council.
State Student Council Associations
Each state also maintains a state association that is affiliated with NASC. View the list of state executive directors.
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