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


CASL Class of 2017 with New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

CASL Class of 2017 enjoyed quality interaction with Governor Chris Sununu, Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin, radio personality Arnie Arnesen, WMUR news anchor and political reporter Adam Sexton, Capital Center for the Arts Executive Director Nicki Clarke and Red River Theatres Executive Director Angie Lane, along with many other local community leaders. Graduation speaker Rock On Foundation Founder and Executive Director Luke Bonner encouraged students to go out and make a difference now.


What is casl?

Capital Area Student Leadership 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.

Downoad a PDF of the  Capital Area Student Leadership  brochure .


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:

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


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.

Congratulations to our incoming Capital Area Student Leadership class!

CASL 2019 program dates

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Capital Area Student Leadership program. Please plan ahead and review the following mandatory CASL session day dates:

Welcome Reception for Students/Parents
Wednesday, February 20 from 5:15-6:00 p.m. in Concord.                 

Student Orientation
Monday, March 4 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Concord
Download a PDF of the Student Orientation agenda .

History & Culture Day
Wednesday, March 6 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 
Download a PDF of the History & Culture Day agenda .   

Communication Day
Wednesday, March 13 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  
Download a PDF of the Communication Day agenda .

Justice & The Courts Day (Graduation at 5:15 p.m. - parents welcome)
Wednesday, March 20 from   8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.   
Download a PDF of the Justice & The Courts Day / Graduation agenda .             

Snow Day – Session Make-up Day
In the event that Concord schools are closed because of a snow day, all CASL programming scheduled for that day will be moved to Wednesday, March 27. If Concord School District has a two-hour delay, all CASL programming will proceed on schedule. 

Important program notes:

Attendance of 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. 

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from all program dates. Any transportation required during the Session Day will be coordinated by the Chamber.  

Capital Area Student Leadership participants meet with prominent civic and business leaders throughout the state capital. Students are required to dress in business casual attire appropriate for the State House and photos with governement officials. CASL participants also spend time walking around the city in March. Students not dressed appropriately for the weather or for meetings with city leaders and officials will be asked to contact a parent for a change in attire.  

2019 CASL Program Pre-work

Download a PDF of the 2019 CASL Program pre-work assignments .



CASL is a student leadership program designed to foster independent thinking. Students with questions regarding the program or application process are encouraged to contact Capital Area Student Leadership staff liaison Bryanna Marceau directly at (603) 224-2508 x105 or via  email .                               

Yes, I meet all the requirements and want to apply! 

Thank you for your interest in CASL - the application process for Capital Area Student Leadership 2019 is now closed.  Applications for the 2020 CASL program will be available in November of 2019.


Northeast Delta Dental logo

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 .