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 Nikki Clark 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.

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

• To recruit sophomores from area high schools (Bishop Brady, Bow, Concord Christian, Concord, the Derryfield School, Hopkinton, John Stark, Merrimack Valley, Parker Academy, Pembroke Academy, and Pittsfield) who show leadership potential and young adults likely to assume greater community responsibilities. The CASL program has graduated over 650 students 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.

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.