Chamber accepting Capital Area Student Leadership applications - deadline to apply for March program is Jan. 13

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Capital Area Student Leadership Class of 2020 touring the New Hampshire Historical Society during History & Culture Day. CASL is offered by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce on an annual basis for high school sophomores who both reside and attend a participating school in NH's Capital region.CONCORD, NH (January 2021) - The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce invites students with an interest in assuming leadership roles in their schools and communities to apply for Capital Area Student Leadership (CASL). High school sophomores who both reside and attend school in the Greater Concord area (see the Chamber’s website for details) are eligible to apply for New Hampshire’s only regional student leadership program. Offered annually by the Chamber for more than two decades, CASL immerses students in the historic, cultural, environmental and civic aspects of Greater Concord through field trips, hands on experiences and facilitated discussions with established community leaders. Pictured: Capital Area Student Leadership Class of 2020 touring the New Hampshire Historical Society during History & Culture Day last year. 

NEW THIS YEAR: All activities and session days for this year’s program will be conducted virtually. Applicants will be interviewed online in January and notified of their selection in February.

The 2021 program application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 13. A selection committee will review applications and conduct virtual interviews of prospective participants on Zoom. Students accepted into the program should plan to virtually attend—using Remo, a free, online distance education platform—all of the following CASL dates: Student/Parent Reception on February 17 (parents, guardians and family also encouraged to participate in the online Reception), Orientation on March 1, and four specialized Program Session Days held weekly on Wednesdays in March.

A fully online application process allows students to log-in from school or home, and save in-progress applications. Students who prefer to submit written applications can print one from the Chamber’s website. Grades are not the most important criteria for selection—students eager to get more involved in their communities and learn in a nontraditional classroom environment are encouraged to apply.

CASL graduates join a powerful network of 700 alumni from a dozen Capital region high schools. The program is underwritten by Northeast Delta Dental.

For more information about the program including CASL Session Day dates and a list of eligible towns and schools, visit or contact the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce by emailing or calling (603) 224-2508.

Incorporated in 1919, New Hampshire's state capital chamber of commerce—the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce—develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate, and enhances quality of life in the Capital region. The largest chamber in the state, it is deeply invested in the local community and dedicated to shaping competitive economic development strategy, advocating for policies and projects that benefit the region, and promoting Concord as a culturally vibrant visitor destination. For more information please visit

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