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.


Now accepting Capital Area Student Leadership applications

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 650 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.

To hear more about the program from a few terrific alumni and two CASL committee members, click here for a video presented by ConcordTV on the "Nonprofit Connection" television show.

Downoad a PDF of the Capital Area Student Leadership brochure .

Ready to apply?

Any area 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 is eligible to apply for Capital Area Student Leadership.

Ask your student counselor for a CASL application, or download and print a PDF version here . Please carefully read the application and review the program requirements with your parents or guardian(s) before applying. If you can commit to everything the program entails (attendance, participation and transportation) we encourage you to apply now to become a member of for CASL Class of 2018.  The deadline to apply for this year's program is 5 p.m. on December 11, 2017.  Please plan ahead and give school administrators adequate time to include the required principal’s signature.

Northeast Delta Dental logo

Thank you to Northeast Delta Dental for sponsoring the CASL program this year. In addition, monies raised through the Chamber's annual Funds for Education Golf Tournament .