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Happy New Year!

The year 2019 has arrived, and with it comes the hope and promise that each January brings. On the cusp of this new year, we encourage your NatStuCo council to resolve to lead their peers in positive ways, to bring groups on your campus together, to give students a voice, and to make a difference through service.



There are more than 7,500 project ideas available at your fingertips! Browse the National Student Project Database on for ideas from other schools using our new search filters, and submit your own successful projects for others to view.



Sole2Soul Mission Day

Piedmont High School, NC

Council members and SGA officers went to a Sole2Soul Mission Day to give out new socks and shoes to the surrounding community. Families received a sit-down meal and clothing, and were able to take home food for their families. Students sat down with the children, talked to them, and handed out new shoes. Our student government and council members enjoyed being able to help out in the community.




Dress Down Days 2017

Hilltop Country Day School, NJ

Every Friday, Hilltop Country Day School holds a dress-down day and charges $2 to participate. This year we decided the proceeds would go to the March of Dimes. Since Hilltop has a school uniform, the entire student body and teachers look forward to the opportunity to wear more casual clothing. Last year, we were able to donate $1500 to our chosen charity, The Seeing Eye, which trains and provides rescue dogs for the visually impaired.






National Councils of Excellence

Time is running out for your council to earn national recognition as a 2019 National Council of Excellence. The deadline to submit applications is February 15. Get started on your award portfolio and application today. Visit the National Council of Excellence Award page to find out how.




Distinguished Student Leaders

Current seniors who are working toward becoming NatStuCo Distinguished Student Leaders (DSL) are to be reminded that applications and portfolios for the award must be submitted prior to your graduation. There is no annual submission deadline for the award. Submissions may be made electronically or in hard copy. Visit the DSL webpage for submission details.




Save 50 Percent on Adviser Registration

Registration is open for the 2019 National Student Council Conference on June 24–26 at South Fayette High School near Pittsburgh, PA. Save 50 percent on adviser registrations through February 28 when you use discount code 19FEB.




Youth Development Expert to Keynote at National Student Council Conference

Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka “Dr. G” will be one of the featured keynote speakers and seminar presenters at the 2019 National Student Council Conference. Author, family physician, and speaker, Dr. G has appeared on “Good Morning America,” FOX NEWS, NBC, and the “Today Show.”




Maximize Your LEAD Chicago Experience

The early bird deadline for LEAD Chicago is fast approaching! Register by February 15 to save $20 on your registration. Want to enrich your LEAD experience? Present your very own workshop! You and your students can apply to present 45-minute workshops on the leadership topics of your choice. Submit your application by February 22 to be considered.




New Career Exploration Series Videos

Encourage your students to look to the future. The NatStuCo Career Exploration Series features video interviews with former student council members who share insight to their careers, college experiences, and tips for your student leaders. The series is now available for students to view directly at



Trending in the Adviser Online Community

After any extended time away from school, students often need a jump start to get back into the swing of things. Student leaders are no exception. Visit the Adviser Online Community to share strategies that have worked to kick-start your council after a holiday or other long break.

Log in to join the conversations or post one of your own right now in the new Adviser Online Community.


Student Council Tips and Tools

During the holiday season, donations to food and clothing closets are plentiful, enabling those organizations to serve community needs. Those same organizations see a drop in the level of giving after the new year, but the needs continue. Student councils can help fill a void by including mid-winter clothing and food drives among January and February project plans. Contact local charities to determine the greatest needs and then go make a difference. Visit the Plan Projects and Activities page in the Adviser Resource Center and the National Student Project Database for ideas and guidance. Learn more »




15 National Council of Excellence Award Applications Due
15 LEAD Chicago Early Bird Deadline
22 LEAD Chicago Presenter Application Deadline
28 NatStuCo Conference Adviser Registration Discount Deadline


22–24 LEAD Chicago


15 Ardis Kyker State Service Project Award Application Deadline
19 NatStuCo Conference Early Bird Deadline
21–27 National Student Leadership Week

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Learn all about this year’s NatStuCo Conference in Pennsylvania, see what you and your students can learn when you attend, and take a look at the highlights from the 2018 conference.

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