Emerging Leaders Program

The School Counselor Emerging Leaders (SCEL) Program application period opens March 25, 2023!
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. You must either be:
  1. Enrolled in a CA approved PPS School Counseling Credential program; or
  2. School counselors who at time of application have been practicing in the field of school counseling for three years or less at any public /private Pre-K-12 school, adult school, or community college in California.

  • Maintain an active CASC membership for a minimum of three months prior to submission of application.
  • Has not currently or previously held an elected or appointed position in CASC.
  • Have an interest in developing leadership skills, knowledge, and attitudes.
  • Have a desire to give to the profession.

SCEL Responsibilities
  • Join and participate in CASC committee/task force.
  • Present/co-present at a CASC conference.
  • Facilitate a presentation to a school counseling graduate school or district level meeting.
  • Contribute articles to the CASC Counselor Connection.
  • Attend School Counseling Emerging Leader trainings/phone conferences.
  • Attend the CASC 2022 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on June 3-4, 2023

CASC Responsibilities to SCEL
  • Provide one-year renewal of CASC membership for free. Free membership will be provided beginning when SCEL renewal comes due during time of term.
  • 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 his/her administrator/professor by Monday, May 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. for the 2023-24 program.

Selection process
  • Applications will be evaluated and selected based on the following additional criteria:
  • Leadership potential as indicated by the statement and recommendation letter
  • 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

Participants will be notified by May 10, 2023 with the determination of the selection committee.

Questions? Contact Ashley Kruger via email or call 909-815-5222.
Application Deadline
Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

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