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State Board Office

"I am Malala Yousafzai"

Taking Leadership to the Next Level

The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban

The CASL Conference is unique to other student leadership conferences in that its organization comes from the ha rd work of a dedicated team of empowered student leaders. Your students have the opportunity to join this team and share their own legacies as student leaders by applying or running for Office on the State Board at the CASL State Conference. Board membe rs will receive advanced training from leader ship professionals and travel the state to present at Leadership Development Days and Area Conferences as they gear-up and plan for the next State Conference. Elected positions are available as Regional and Freshman Directors, and appointed positions are available for students skilled in graphic design and video editing. For more information on elections and how to apply, visit Applications for the 2017-2018 CASL Board are due on February 13th, 2017.

2016-2017 CASL State Board Northern Directors

President Gabrielle Della Ripa

Mina Caraccio

West Ranch High School

Southern Directors Caleb Andrews Chino Hills High School

Westmont High School

Isabella Boleda

Josh Dewhurst Paso Robles High School

Valley Center High School

Freshman Directors Kalani Hardyway

Ivan Paredes

Jasmine Colak

Oceanside High School

San Pasqual High School

North Salinas High School

Jasmine Tong-Seely

Maggie Fontenot

Kros Day

Mountain House High School

Valley Center High School

Irvington High School

Allie Estrada Hayley Weik

Pioneer High School

Sherman Burroughs High School

Oran Farkas Murrieta Mesa High School

Marshall Wiesner Paso Robles High School

Valeria Restrepo Santa Fe High School

Olivia Yee Lincoln High School

Appointed Positions Ansh Trivedi

Nathan Xia

Ruben S. Ayala High School

Westview High School

Maxwell Walshaw

Chloe Cheamreesakul

Westlake High School

Santa Fe High School

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls' education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. She was nominat-ed for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In 2014, she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

hitting Malala in the left side of her head; the bullet then traveled down her neck. Two other girls were also injured in the attack. The shooting left Malala in critical condition, so she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. A portion of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain.To receive further care, she was transferred to Birmingham, England.

The shooting resulted in a massive outpouring of support for Yousafzai, which continued during her recovery. She gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, in 2013. She has also written an autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, which was released in October 2013. Unfortunately, the Taliban still considers Yousafzai a target. Despite the Taliban’s threat, Yousafzai remains a staunch advocate for the power of education.

Still Have Questions? CADA/CASL Membership or Conference CADA Central | (888) 873-2232 CASL Conference Contact Sandra Kurland | (619) 957-9107

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The CASL Times Calling All Student Leaders! California Association of Student Leade rs

Letter From the Editor

When she was 14, Malala and her family learned that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her. Though Malala was frightened for the safety of her father—an anti-Taliban activist—she and her family initially felt that the fundamen-talist group would not actually harm a child. On October 9, 2012, on her way home from school, a man boarded the bus Malala was riding in and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When her friends looked toward Malala, her location was given away. The gunman fired at her,



By Gabrielle Della Ripa

By Sandra Kurland

A passionate leader will stand up for what they believe in, no matter the opposition or setback. That leader leads with purpose. This year, the CASL State Board is recognizing the necessity of advocacy in the life of a student leader. In our lifetime, we have seen the groundbreaking work young leaders like Mark Zuckerberg and Malala Yousafzai have set their lives to accomplish. By encouraging a constant and consistent effort to better someone else's life, whether through world-wide internet access or international women's rights, advocacy is a hot topic for a very clear reason right now. In this day and age of young people's empowerment through mediums like social media and the internet, we have come to find that our voices can be heard now more than ever. Through such newfound platforms teens have the opportunity to become warriors of change. Our access to information has created a generation that is consistently updated with the events occurring throughout the world, and through this we have been given data to formulate opinions of our own. The choice of advocacy was natural with our, the CASL State Board's, individual opinions at the forefront of our minds. We, just like thousands of other student leaders in California, are passionate about something—but there is a disconnect between feeling strongly and making moves to enact change. Advocacy bridges that gap. At the 2017 CASL State Conference, students will be provided tools to take their passions and make a difference in the world with them. Advocacy is essential in the life of a leader on campus, because passionate leaders will stand up for what they believe in, no matter the opposition or setback. That leader leads with purpose. We hope you speak up and stand up with us this spring in San Jose.

It is no secret the most successful schools invest in their students’ whole lives, both in and out of the classroom. Years of research in education have proven the effectiveness of student leadership programs to increase overall student engagement and academic achievement while improving individual students’ sense of self-worth, pro-social behaviors, work ethic, and future educational attainment. As California’s official representative body for student leaders, our interest is to serve you to the best of our ability to provide this for every student on your campus. We also know recent studies observed California schools of varied demographics and found differences in achievement gaps can often be mediated by addressing “opportunity gaps.” One way to do this is with connecting students; disenfranchised students, the researchers found, become more successful in the classroom when they are given opportunities to build relationships with teachers and peers in a supportive environment. We believe the CASL Conference provides such a place for your agents of change to practice building these connections, and more impor-tantly, learn new ways to connect to others on their campus so they return with the purpose of why this is so vital, in addition to the mastery of many leader-ship skills to make the vision a reality. Our goal is to make a lasting impact on them so they will continue to implement all they learned at the CASL Conference throughout their Middle School and High School careers and beyond, providing this generation an opportunity to become the best leaders possible. We would like to thank you for the support you have given them thus far, and will continue to do so as they return to their campus.

Gabrielle DellaRipa CASL State President


Letter From the Chief of Staff

Inside the

CA S L Newsroom

Speak Up Stand U p

Sept emb er 7, 2016 - The CASL State Board unveils the 2017 CASL State Conference theme. Here’s an inside look into the CASL Newsroom.

Read on for more information about the CASL State Conference The mission of the California Association of Student Leaders (CASL) as a student led, not-for-profit organization is to provide a statewide network, which facilitates the development of ethical, responsible, and servant leaders. CASL’s initiative is to equip and empower students to be effective future leaders of the world through local, regional, and statewide conferences.

Sandra Kurland, M.Ed. CADA/CASL LDC


10 Things to Know About The CASL State Conference

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1. The registration price includes all expenses: hotel for two nights, all meals and transportation while attending the conference, the 9 10

Growing Great Leaders Personal and Practical Advancement for Student Leaders

offsite activity, t-shirts, and special surprise giveaway items. Full pricing information is on the back.

“Leadership experience? I have 13 Twitter followers.”

2. For those traveling by plane, upon arrival follow the signs to the hotel shuttle area. The Doubletree Hotel Shuttle runs about every 15 minutes and is free. There are taxis waiting there as well and it is about a 5 minute drive and costs about $10 depend-

Across 5. How CADA/ CASL Areas are in California? 6. What is the offsite activity for this year’s conference? 7. What hotel hosts the conference? 8. You are a student ________. 10. A printed publication containing news, feature articles, and advertisements.

ing upon how much luggage your student leaders deemed necessary for the trip. 3. Upon arrival at the Doubletree, CASL will greet you with a smile and provide direction. Luggage will be stored (according to

CADA 2017 Convention

area) in designated rooms and registration will be on the main floor. If you have a student leader presenting a Meet the Pros or running for the State Board, you will continue after the main registration to the designated area and check in there as well. 4. There is a CASL Store which sells CASL apparel and is only open during registration and other eating times, not during learning sessions. 5. Lunch the first day will be on your own as everyone will be arriving at different times. There are a few places nearby the hotel you can take your student leaders to if you wish. We will also have some fun interactive activities during registration. 6. Apparel: please encourage your delegates to wear comfortable clothing throughout the conference as we are very active in

Down 1. In what city is the 2017 CASL State Conference being held? 2. Who is your CASL State Board President? 3. How many days does each conference last? 4. “Speak up, ___________.” 9. _________ Association of Student Leaders

most sessions. School t-shirts are encouraged to show your school pride and a special CASL Conference t-shirt will be given to every delegate upon registration. You may want to bring a light jacket for our offsite activity. 7. Service Learning: Because it is always about giving back, we will continue our tradition of the service learning project. Delegates will walk away with a new idea/program to bring back to their school, in order to start a chain reaction. 8. Be sure to visit the Presidential Suite set up for advisors to network and have a quiet place to snack and drink a soda or two.

The California Association of Directors of Activities has been a proud tradition of offering leadership development for 60 years. The 2017 JamaiCADA Convention will continue this tradition with leadership lessons, MTP’s, Keynote Speakers, and 100+ workshops.

March 1st - 4th, 2017 Town & Country Resorts 500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108

Please make plans to attend the advisors meeting where you will receive important information and items such as the offsite event tickets. 9. Workshops w ill soon be posted online and we will make sure your delegates are given an opportunity to attend a variety of workshops with their prearranged tickets. It is ideal, of course, to cover as many different workshops as possible, in order to bring many different ideas back to your campus. We are excited to offer a special workshop for your president (or a representative) to empower them to lead the way through the conference, as well as a special workshop for candidates running for the board. Both of these tickets will be included in your ticket packets. 10. Encourage your students to maintain a positive spirit throughout the entire conference, network as much as possible with students from other schools and enjoy this amazing opportunity you have provided them!

Two students at the 2016 State Conference participating in the goal setting registration activities. During the CASL State Conference, your school’s student leaders will be offered opportunities to learn more about their role in creating a positive, comfortable school culture where all students are empowered to raise their voices and participate. After actively participating in workshops led by professionallytrained high school students, hearing from widely respected keynote speakers, putting their knowledge and motivation to work at the service learning project, and possibly even presenting their own Meet the Pros session, your students will return to campus motivated and equipped to make a difference.

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Leadership Development Days Affordable Leadership Training For only $25 per student, CADA /CASL will bring a day-long, research based, interactive leadership training to your student leaders and their peers at local schools. Leadership Development Days are led by an educator with more than 10,000 hours in leadership training experience. They provide an opportunity for students of all ages to get inspired and learn practical leadership skills, empowering them to make a change on their campus. Visit to find a Leadership Development Day near you, or contact Sandra Kurland to host one at your school. Sandra Kurland (619) 957 – 9107 |


Statewide Networking

Student-Led Workshops

Sharing Ideas Locally, Across California, and Beyond

Learning from Peers Who’ve Been There: and Succeeded

One of the conference’s primary goals is to allow students to experience the value of idea-sharing. To foster cooperation amongst local schools, time is set aside in regional meetings for you and your students to work with and talk to delegates from schools in your area. We hope this allows a connection that continues well past the CASL Conference as you work together to move your community’s culture forward. During intrastate sessions, conference delegates join networking groups of students from all over California and from visiting states and nations where they will participate in idea-sharing activities led by a CASL-trained facilitator. By utilizing the best leader ship networking system in California, students will return to their campus with a fresh perspective on classic traditions, new ideas for great activities, and strategies that will take their leadership skills from good to great.


training $25 per student visit or contact sandra kurland at See page 3 for a LDD near you.

Offsite Activity Taking a Little Time Out to Just Have Fun Between student-led workshops, local and statewide networking sessions, Meet the Pros, elections, and all of the other learning opportunities at the conference, student leaders need some time to relax and just enjoy each other’s company. This year, USA Student Travel will take students to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for carnival games, rides, and dinner, followed by a dance hosted by the award-winning SOS Entertainment.

High School delegates actively engaged in getting to know each other so their connections can continue well after the conference.

Meet The Pros Everyone Gets a Chance to Share their Story Whether this is their first year in leadership or they were born with campaign flyers in their hands, all student leaders have something they can bring to the table at the state conference. Delegates from every school are encouraged to apply as Meet the Pros presenters. If selected, students will have the chance to present six, ten-minute round-table sessions to a group of twelve of their peers on an activity, event, or program their school does well. In addition to gaining valuable presentation experience and developing interpersonal skills, presenters will receive a commemorative certificate and t-shirt. For more information and to apply as a presente r, visit Applications are due February 13th, 2017.

Middle School Student presenting on “Earning Your Way to CASL” during MTPs.

High School delegate enjoying the fast life at our 2016 offsite activity: Speedzone.


Scholarship Opportunities Enabling Students to Continue Their Dreams CASL and USA Student Travel would like to recognize those students who’ve invested heavily in their communities by offering a $1,000 scholarship to one senior from a CADA/CASL member school that will be in attendance at the conference. The David Knieriem Memorial Scholarship is awarded not based on grade point average, but on the value applicants have placed on service to others. For information on scholarships and how to apply visit Applications are due February 1, 2017 .

Head to the CADA Store on to purchase your very own CASL Crewneck for only $35!

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Registration Registration is so much more than getting your packet, receiving conference promotional material and bags, or registering your candidate. Check-in at the conference is a time to set the tone to get you and your students pumped up for the three days ahead. Be sure to arrive early this year for exciting registration activities.

Sample Conference Schedule Day One 10:00AM - 12:30 PM

Important dates to remember for registration: -Substitute delegate forms must be received by March 10, 2017 -Outstanding Leadership Award Program Application due February 1, 2017 -Meet the Pros Application due February 13, 2017 -State Board Election Application due February 13, 2017

Middle school delegate at the 2015 CASL Conference:Test a New Solution. Every student has faced challenges in their leadership careers, and those who have not yet will most definitely face them soon. At the CAS L State Conference, your student leaders can learn from students just like them who have faced difficulties and discovered strategies for success. Members of the CASL State Board who have been professionally trained in presentation skills teach thirty minute workshops on topics ranging from event publicity and time management to maintaining positivity and confidence in all aspects of life and leadership. The CASL State Board will be joined by professionals from outside organizations who will contribute their valuable knowledge and experiences, providing students with a more complete perspective on all aspects of leadership situational-development, and much more.

Early Bird


Student Prices

Postmarked by 2/3/17

Postmarked by 2/24/17

4 to a room

$375 each

$425 each

3 to a room

$400 each

$450 each

2 to a room

$450 each

$500 each

Recognizing True Greatness From sports to debate and academic decathlons, there is no shortage of state and national recognition for student groups who excel at what they do—except when it comes to the students who make all of these programs possible. CASL recognizes schools whose leadership programs create a strong and unified culture while including the voice of every student with its outstanding leadership program. All schools are encouraged to apply by visiting ww Applications are due February 1st, 2017.

Area Meeting

2:00PM - 3:00 PM

General Session

3:15PM - 3:45 PM

Workshops as Ticketed

4:00PM - 4:30 PM

Workshops as Ticketed

4:40PM - 5:20 PM

State Networking

5:25PM - 6:00 PM

School Meeting

6:00PM - 7:00 PM

Drop off Luggage in Rooms

7:00PM - 8:00 PM


8:00PM - 9:00 PM


9:00PM - 10:30 PM 11:00 PM

Welcome Dance School Meeting: Day 1 Debrief Lights Out!

Early Bird


Advisor Prices

Postmarked by 2/3/17

Postmarked by 2/24/17

2 to a room

$350 each

$400 each

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Breakfast Meet the Pros Set Up

1 to a room

$475 each

$525 each

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Meet the Pros

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Advisor Meeting

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

General Session

Day Two

State Conference DoubleTree Hotel San Jose 2050 Gateway Place San Jose, CA 95110

Applying Knowledge and Moving Beyond Ourselves

Outstanding Leadership Program Award

1:00PM - 1:45 PM

10:30PM - 10:45 PM

Service Learning “Good leaders must first become good servants.” – Robert Greenleaf A hallmark of the CASL State Conference is the yearly service learning project. A committee of state board members meet to design unique opportunities for the delegates at the state conference to give back locally and globally. In the past, service learning projects have included: Make-A-Wish Foundation, hosting a senior ball for elderly community members, reading stories to elementary school students, creating coloring books for hospital-bound children, working with Project Concern to experience a walk for water, and the ADL’s ‘No Place For Hate ’ initiative–a framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive school climate.

Check-In, Networking, & Activities

High School April 1st, 2017 - April 3rd, 2017

Middle School March 30th 2017 - April 1st, 2017

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Workshops as Ticketed

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Advisor Networking Suite Open

11:40 PM - 12:10 PM

Workshops as Ticketed

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM 1:05 PM - 1:35 PM

Workshops as Ticketed

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Area Meeting

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM

Northern Rally Southern Meeting

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Southern Rally Northern Meeting

5:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Event at Santa Cruz Boardwalk

10:00 PM - 10:20 PM

School Meeting: Day 2 Debrief

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” -William Faulkner

Find an LDD near you! Date




Oct 4, 2016


Newbury Park HS

HS Delegates

Oct 13, 2016


Yorba Linda MS

PYLUSD MS Delegates

Oct 14, 2016


Los Osos HS

HS Delegates

Oct 17, 2016


Mario Carrillo HS

MS Delegates

Oct 20, 2016


Las Flores MS

CAPO MS Delegates

Oct 25, 2016


Yorba Linda MS

MS Delegates

Nov 9, 2016


Somerset School

Cont. HS Delegates

Nov 12, 2016


Valley View HS

HS Delegates

Nov 15, 2016


Lynwood HS

MS Delegates

Dec 7, 2016


Pioneer HS

HS Delegates

Dec 8, 2016


Quartz Hill HS

MS Delegates

Jan 11, 2017


Chino Hills HS

MS Delegates

Jan 12, 2017


Chavez MS

MS Delegates

Jan 12, 2017


CASL Regional

MS Delegates

Jan 18, 2017


Twin Peaks MS

MS Delegates

Jan 19, 2017


Overfelt HS

HS Delegates

Jan 20, 2017


Miller MS

MS Delegates

Jan 24, 2017


Monterey HS

HS Delegates

Jan 26, 2017


Lawrence MS

MS Delegates

Jan 31, 2017


N. Salinas HS

MS Delegates

Feb 1, 2017


Heritage HS

MS Delegates

Feb 2, 2017


Ygnacio HS

MS Delegates

Feb 3, 2017


Sutter Union HS

HS Delegates

Feb 7, 2017


Murrieta Mesa HS

HS Delegates

Feb 8, 2017


Nellie N Coffman MS

MS Delegates

Feb 10, 2017


Palm MS

MS Delegates

Feb 15, 2017


Sierra Vista JHS

MS Delegates

Mar 7, 2017


Sierra HS

HS Delegates

Mar 8, 2017


Arden MS

MS Delegates

Apr 27, 2017


Hanford West HS

HS Delegates


11:00 PM

Lights Out!

Day Three 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM


7:10 AM - 7:30 AM

Rehearsal for Awards

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

General Session

8:40 AM - 9:40 AM

Service Learning Project

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Area Meeting

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Closing Session

get your students


What do you really want to see at school?

How should we make that happen?

What can you do to hel p?


Workshops as Ticketed

raising student voicE and participation

This is a student engagement program for getting your school’s students talking about what they want to see happen at school and how they can partner with community stake holders like the city council and public saftey departments to

make that happen.

contact sandra kurland at (619) 957-9107 or to get your school RSVP READY.

Raising Student Voice And Participation Engage Every Student In partnership with the National Association of Student Councils (NASC), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), CADA/CASL is offering ASB, administrative teams, and community leaders in California the opportunity to join forces with student leaders across campuses who work outside of the leadership classroom to recognize and solve the issues most important to their schools and communities creating a positive school culture for all. Raising Student Voice and Participation (R.S.V.P.) is a student engagement program for getting your school’s students, all of them (not just the leadership class), talking about what they want to see happen at school and how they can partner with community stakeholders like the city council and public safety departments to make that happen. No student is left without a voice in the RSVP program. For more information visit to find trainings near you or contact Sandra Kurland | (619) 957 – 9107

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