Capital Area Student Leadership


“Discover what problem you can help solve in the world by being a successful, focused, and open minded leader. There is so much out there to learn, and your time in CASL can be a major piece of this growth” ~ Evelyn Hatem, 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 high school sophomores from the Greater Concord area who show leadership potential and as young adults are 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 to contribute to the Greater Concord community.

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

• To demonstrate the significance of communicating ideas and 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 that help them engage with others in ways to make a meaningful difference in their community. 


Applications are open for the CASL Class of 2022!

CASL is an immersive program that fosters leadership skills in motivated students and introduces them to prominent individuals in the business and nonprofit communities. Learn more.


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, Parker Academy, Pembroke Academy and Pittsfield Middle High, or are enrolled in an alternate education program in the Greater Concord area is eligible to apply for Capital Area Student Leadership.

Important program notes:

Attendance at each session day is vital for Capital Area Student Leadership to meet its objective. Therefore students who cannot commit to the program in its entirety are asked to refrain from enrolling 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, community and business leaders throughout the Capital area.



CASL is a student leadership program designed to foster independent thinking and community engagement. Students with questions regarding the program or application process are encouraged to contact the Chamber directly at (603) 224-2508 x103 or via email. Applications for the 2022 program are now closed and all applicants will be interviewed in January.                           


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.