Leadership Development

National Student Council is committed to supporting students in their leadership journey and offers a variety of programs to nurture this critical skill.   

  • Distinguished Student Leaders, a program allowing high school students to build a personal leadership portfolio, leading to an earned designation that is highly prized for inclusion with college and scholarship applications
  • Emerging Student Leaders, a recognition program specifically designed for middle level students to help them develop their leadership skills, featuring two levels of recognition based on the student’s progress in meeting the program criteria
  • Raising Student Voice & Participation (RSVP), a student engagement program involving an entire school to participate in dialogue aimed at school and community improvement measures

An additional opportunity for advancing student leadership skills and recognizing your student council members is available through the National Council of Excellence (NCOE) Award, which recognizes middle level and high school student councils that provide quality leadership activities and service to their schools and communities. Click here to learn more about the NCOE award and to review the required criteria for middle level and high schools

NOTE: In order for your students to be recognized as Distinguished Student Leaders or Emerging Student Leaders, your school must be a member of NatStuCo. Not a member? Join today!