Months of Leadership

The National Student Project Database features nearly 3,700 projects, many of which include related links, photos, and documents that act as resources for councils who want to replicate the projects at their own schools. This month we turn the spotlight on projects related to August and September.

Months of Leadership
West Career and Technical Academy
Las Vegas, NV
There are 10 letters in the word leadership and roughly 10 months until summer break. With this project, each month has a designated letter: August has “L,” September has “E,” and so on. “E” could stand for efficiency, energizers, or excellence. Use these themes to develop monthly workshops. READ MORE
Astros Help Other Astros
Pinkerton Academy
Derry, NH
In order to show homeless students that they care, this council comes together twice every year to raise donations. In September, they collect school supplies that are distributed to students in need through the school guidance department. READ MORE


School doors are swinging open as we welcome NASC members to the 2015-16 school year! We wish you all the best as you and your student leaders strive to make positive differences in your schools and communities. NASC is here to support your efforts and we encourage you to make the most of the resources and opportunities that your national affiliation provides for you and your council.


Get Your New NASC Member Seal
Show your student council pride by displaying the 2015-16 NASC member seal on your website or social media pages. Download the seal today!

Congratulations to the NASC Advisers of the Year!
During the NASC National Conference in June, Jackie Jaros from Pennsylvania and Linda Pickett from Illinois were named 2015 Warren E. Shull Advisers of the Year. The Shull Awards recognize NASC advisers that have distinguished themselves for their outstanding commitment and dedication to their councils. LEARN MORE

Wyoming Student Councils Make Wishes Come True
Each year during the NASC National Conference, the Ardis Kyker State Service Project Award is given to a state student council association that sponsored a successful statewide service project. States applying are judged not only on the final outcomes of their projects, but also their planning strategies, goals, and how well they engaged their membership. In June, The Wyoming Association of Student Councils (WASC) was announced as the 2015 winner of the Kyker award. In 2014, WASC organized a statewide service project to support the Make-A-Wish foundation in their state, and as a result, 18 wishes were granted to children in the program. LEARN MORE

NASC Councils Honored for a Decade of Excellence
NASC named the first group of National Council of Excellence Award winners in 2006. Since then, 14 NASC councils have earned the award every year-achieving an outstanding decade of excellence in their council programs. Visit to view these remarkable schools. There undoubtedly will be more NASC councils to achieve the 10-year benchmark, and we look forward to recognizing others as they reach their decade of excellence. Take your council to the next level by applying for a NASC National Council of Excellence award.

LEAD Conferences Update
The LEAD Conferences kick off for another season beginning November 13-15 in Phoenix, AZ. You can also attend in Washington, D.C., January 29-31 or Chicago, IL, February 12-14. The Phoenix, AZ, early bird registration deadline is October 2 and the regular deadline is October 29. Visit the LEAD Conferences website next month for full details and to register.

National Principals Month Video Contest
October is National Principals Month, and again this year, students across the nation are invited to tell the world why their principal rocks by creating a one- to two-minute video. Encourage your council members to participate! The deadline for submissions is October 31. Three entries will each win a $200 Best Buy gift card (and eternal YouTube fame). Visit to get entry instructions.

Outstanding Volunteers Sought
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer community service. Open to middle level and high school students, applicants are eligible for recognition at the local, state, and national level. State finalists will be invited to a four-day recognition event in Washington, D.C., in May 2016, where 10 of the honorees will be named national winners. Visit to learn more and access the online application, available in early September. The submission deadline is November 3, 2015.


Success is Not a Secret
Success is Not a Secret is a collection of 10 basic concepts that reflect core philosophies and practices of successful advisers. For the majority of students, the student council experience is their first venture into formal leadership training or participating in a leadership organization. Their newness to leadership brings about similar challenges that advisers witness in classrooms when introducing students to new content. As in the classroom, advisers need to be cognizant of the learning styles of student leaders in order to help them gain mastery of leadership concepts. You can access this resource on the NASC website.

Registration opens for LEAD Conferences
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards packets mailed to principals and school counselors
National Principals Month
2: Early bird registration deadline for LEAD Phoenix, November 13-15, 2015
29: Registration deadline for LEAD Phoenix
31: Deadline to submit a video for the National Principals Month student video contest


Be on the lookout for your inaugural issue of Advise magazine (formerly Leadership for Student Activities) this September. In this issue, you will get a comprehensive guide for starting the school year right, in-depth tips for recruiting and welcoming new members, and an interactive activity guide for revising your council’s mission statement.