Capital Area Student Leadership


“CASL is more than a leadership conference with a bunch of “smart kids.” It is an unforgettable experience that will provide you with knowledge you’ll take with you for the rest of your life, to make a difference in your community or even the world.” ~ Zach Blanchard, CASL graduate


What is casl?

Capital Area Student Leadership (CASL) encourages students to become active, effective participants and leaders in their schools and community. The goals of CASL are:

• To recruit sophomores from Greater Concord area high schools who show leadership potential and young adults likely to assume greater community responsibilities. More than 675 students have graduated from CASL over the last two decades.

• To inspire students to develop, refine and utilize their leadership skills in order to contribute to the Greater Concord community.

• To educate students about local issues through the perspective of community leaders.

• To demonstrate problem-solving methods when dealing with opportunities and challenges within the greater Concord community.

• To create a dialogue and develop a network among the students and local leaders.

• To encourage students to recognize and develop leadership styles, skills and roles. 


Capital Area Student Leadership graduate Evelyn Hatem on her experience:



Who can participate in CASL?

Any high school sophomore who resides in the Greater Concord area: Allenstown, Andover, Boscawen, Bow, Canterbury, Chichester, Concord, Deerfield, Dunbarton, Henniker, Loudon, Pembroke, Penacook, Pittsfield, Salisbury, Weare or Webster, and attends one of the following area schools: Bishop Brady, Bow, Concord Christian, Concord, the Derryfield School, Hopkinton, John Stark, Merrimack Valley, PACE Career Academy, Parker Academy, Pembroke Academy and Pittsfield Middle High is eligible to apply for Capital Area Student Leadership.

Important program notes:

NEW THIS YEAR: All activities and session days for this year's 2021 CASL program will take place virtually. Attendance at each session day is vital for Capital Area Student Leadership to meet its objective. Students who cannot commit to the program in its entirety are asked to refrain from enrolling and to leave that slot available to another student who can benefit from CASL. Capital Area Student Leadership is an excused absence with permission from your school administrator or principal. School credit will be given for full participation.

Capital Area Student Leadership participants meet with prominent civic and business leaders throughout the state capital.




CASL is a student leadership program designed to foster independent thinking. Students with questions regarding the program or application process are encouraged to contact the Chamber directly at (603) 224-2508 x103 or via email. Please note, applications for the 2021 program are currently closed.                              


CASL in the media

iHeart Radio "Movers & Shakers," hosts Dr. Deborah Osgood and Jack Heath interviewed Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce President Tim Sink about Capital Area Student Leadership and how the program is inspiring New Hampshire's youth to become active, effective participants in their schools and communities:

Capital Area Student Leadership alumni CJ Drabble brought his leadership skills to John Stark Regional High School in Weare:

Click here for a video about Capital Area Student Leadership presented by ConcordTV on the "Nonprofit Connection" television show.



Capital Area Student Leadership featured on Northeast Delta Dental's Podcast:


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Thank you to Northeast Delta Dental for sponsoring the CASL program this year. Supplemental funding for CASL is provided through the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce's annual Funds for Education Golf Tournament.