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?

Underwritten by Northeast Delta Dental, this immersive program encourages students to become active, effective participants and future leaders in their schools and communities through exposure to historical, cultural, environmental and civic aspects of the Greater Concord area. These young leaders learn about Concord's history and inner-workings, gain hands-on experience in public speaking and other leadership skills, and meet professionals from a variety of industries who are actively involved in the Greater Concord community. Beginning with an orientation in February, CASL includes three session days in March, each focusing on an important topic in the community. Through field trips, hands on experiences, and teacher facilitated discussions, the program provides special insight into the functioning of a working community and opportunities for dialogue with established leaders.


Hear from Capital Area Student Leadership graduate, Evelyn Hatem:



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:

Capital Area Student Leadership participants meet with prominent civic, community and business leaders throughout the Capital area. 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 the program. Capital Area Student Leadership is an excused absence with permission from your school administrator or principal. School credit will be given for full participation.


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 2023 program (February and March of 2023) will open in November 2022.                        


Learn more about casl

Meet the CASL Class of 2022:

Capital Area Student Leadership program visits State House as lesson in the Concord Monitor

Getting to the root of our labor shortage

Capital Region leaders experience Concord's community


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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.