High school sophomores are invited to apply for Capital Area Student Leadership

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CASL exploring downtown ConcordCONCORD, NH (November 2021) – High school sophomores who live and attend school in the Greater Concord area may apply for the highly-praised Capital Area Student Leadership Program (CASL). Offered annually by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, this immersive program fosters leadership skills in motivated students and introduces them to prominent individuals in the business and nonprofit communities.

Students who enroll in the program gain experience in public speaking, an understanding of unique leadership styles, and exposure to professional fields. Beginning with an orientation in February, CASL comprises of three session days in March, each focusing on an important topic such as local history, culture, and the judicial process. Utilizing Concord and surrounding towns as its “classroom,” the program provides hands-on experiences, insight into the functioning of a working community, and dialogue with established professional leaders. “This is a great opportunity to learn from individuals who have successfully attained leadership positions and are using those positions for the greater good and giving back to their communities,” wrote a member of the CASL class of 2021. “This could be the first step toward achieving your goals, so make the most of it!”

Since its inception 24 years ago, CASL has graduated more than 700 students from a dozen area high schools. It is the only immersive leadership program in the state for high school sophomores, and its graduates go on to impact the Greater Concord community in significant ways. Former CASL participants have received national awards for their volunteerism, led their school’s Best Buddies—a program that facilitates relationships between students with disabilities and their peers—and spoken to hundreds of activists at the 2020 Black Lives Matter rally in Concord, all before graduating from high school.

High school sophomores in the Greater Concord region are encouraged to apply to CASL by visiting concordnhchamber.com/casl. A selection committee will review applications submitted by Wednesday, December 15, and visit schools to conduct interviews of prospective participants. This program is generously underwritten by Northeast Delta Dental. For more information, please contact the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce at (603) 224-2508 or email programs@concordnhchamber.com.


The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate and enhances the quality of life in the Capital Region.

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