Emerging Leaders Program

The School Counselor Emerging Leaders (SCEL) Program
Are you the person that others look to when making decisions? Are you the person with the awesome ideas? Do you promote the school counseling profession? Are you the person who people gravitate to? Are you a leader of your peers or a potential leader of your peers? Do you advocate for school counselors? Are you a school counselor? Are you a graduate student in a PPS School Counseling program? If you said yes to any of these questions, CASC is looking for you!

The goal of the CASC School Counseling Emerging Leader Program is to identify potential leaders within the school counseling profession in California and provide them with CASC leadership opportunities. These individuals are graduate students who are enrolled in a CA approved PPS School Counseling Credential program; and practicing school counselors who, at the time of application, have been practicing in the field of school counseling for 3 years or less at any public/private Pre-K-12 school, adult school, or community college in California.

  • Is a current member of CASC;
  • Has not currently or previously held an elected or appointed position in CASC;
  • Has an interest in developing leadership skills, knowledge, and attitudes as it relates to the school counseling profession.

SCEL Responsibilities
  • Join and participate in a CASC committee/task force;
  • Attend at least one CASC Board meeting;
  • Co-facilitate a presentation to a school counseling graduate school or district level meeting;
  • Contribute one article to the CASC Counselor Connection;
  • Attend School Counseling Emerging Leader trainings/phone conferences on a monthly basis;
  • Meet regularly with an assigned mentor;
  • Attend the CASC 2024 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on June 8-9, 2024;
  • Volunteer at the CASC Conference on October 23-25, 2024.

CASC Responsibilities to SCEL
  • Provide a free annual renewal of your CASC membership. Free membership will be provided beginning when SCEL's renewal date comes due;
  • Provide free and reduced-price training opportunities;
  • Provide small group leadership training and mentoring opportunities;
  • Provide fiscal support for program participation as outlined above;
  • Provide Board member / Emeriti mentors.

Application process
Applicants will submit an application, statement, resume, and letter of recommendation from their administrator/professor by Monday, April 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Selection process
Applications will be evaluated and selected based on the following additional criteria:
  • Leadership potential as indicated by the application statement and two letters of recommendation;
  • Enthusiasm for and an ability to carry out the School Counseling Emerging Leader experience as indicated by the nominee’s statement and resume;
  • Ability and willingness to participate in CASC conference, LDI, events, meetings, and workshops.
Application Deadline
Monday, April 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Contact Ashley Kruger via email or call 909-815-5222

Participants will be notified by May 3, 2024 with the determination of the selection committee.