National Association of Student Councils
Established in 1931, the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) is the leading organization for excellence in middle level and high school student councils. NASC provides student councils and their advisers with the knowledge, skills, and resources that students need to become active, engaged leaders in their schools and communities.
In 2014 WALKS/WEBS became a member of the National Association of Student Councils.
Purposes of NASC The purposes of the NASC shall be:
§ To promote student participation within the school and its community
§ To encourage the development of new student councils in high schools and middle level schools
§ To assist all student councils in becoming more effective organizations within their school, community, state, and nation
§ To assist state associations of student councils
§ To provide student council members, advisers, and state executive directors with assistance as requested and to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of information on all phases of student council activities
§ To provide leadership training for student council members and advisers
§ To encourage and support healthy living styles for young people; and
§ To assist student councils and their leadership to focus on relevant current problems that affect them and to encourage them to seek solutions to those problems.
NASC Vision Statement NASC promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower student leaders to serve their schools and communities.
§ Empowered students are vehicles for positive change in their school and community.
§ Student leaders have the responsibility to be positive role models.
§ Student councils play a vital role in preserving knowledge of and practice in the democratic process.
§ Leadership training programs are essential to allow developing leaders to achieve their full potential.
§ Involvement in state and national programs enhances the local school's leadership development program.
§ Student council programs are stronger when all students are encouraged to participate.
§ Every secondary school should have a student council.
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Members and Officer Responsibilities
President (9th to 12th grade)
· Preside all meetings.
· Coordinate the work of the council through the other officers and committees
· Give assistance, guidance, and praise when appropriate
· Act as facilitator of group discussion by summarizing, clarifying, etc.
· Write all necessary correspondance, reports, etc.
· Know basics of meeting procedures to ensure smooth meetings
· Maintain frecuent contact with faculty and administrators
· Work closely with the student council advisor on planning
· Keep the principal informed of student council activities
· Attend community group meetings to serve as spokesperson for the student council
· Represent the students in your school and community
· Meet weekly with the student council sponsor
· Elaborate a work plan.
· Follow all the activities related with the Student Council
· Be part of the Discipline Committee of the school
· Participate in student council-sponsored activities
Vice- President (9th to 12th grade)
· Work closely with the president
· Assume the president’s duties if necessary
· Coordinate the work of the committees and chair an important committee
· Work with the president and treasurer in preparing budget and calendar
· Assist the president in preparing meeting agendas
· Read motivational quotes or message at the beginning of each meeting
Secretary 1 or Recording Secretary (8th to 12th grade)
· Prepare and distribute the agenda for business meetings in the style that the assembly selects
· Take roll of attendees at meetings,either verbal or written
· Take minutes of the proceedings of all student council meetings
· Receive all main motions and amendments proposed during a meeting to be included in the minutes
· Prepare and distribute the written minutes, with the president’s assistance, in a timely manner. Make certain that the administration and faculty receive copies of the minutes.
· Maintain file of original agendas and minutes.
Secretary 2 or Corresponding Secretary (8th to 12th grade)
· Work closely with Secretary 1
· Type all required letters of the president, vice president, and adviser
· Maintain the files of the student council. Establish a policy, with Secretary 1 concerning the lending of files
· Maintain contact names, addressess, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of people with whom the student council regularly works
· Send thank you notes,and birthday cards to teachers, administrators,and support staff members.
· Produce a student council directory
· Alert the organization’s members to important correspondence
Treasurer (9th to 12th grade)
· Work closely with the president and vice-president in preparing a workable yearlong calendar and budget
· Oversee council expenses and revenues
· Maintain an accurate and detailed finantial record
· Give monetary advice to the student council. Prepare cost-benefit analyses of various endeavors (i.e., will the espense of time, money, or effort be worthwhile in terms of its benefits of money, improve image, etc?)
· Understand the policies the school has in regard to the use of student finances and explain them with necessary
· Authorize payment vouchers, review purchase orders, and give final approval before invoices are paid.
· Make and interpret monthly financial reports to membership at the business meeting
· Work with the school finantial team.
Historian (9th to 12th grade)
· Record the activities of the year through videos, photos, writen reports, and other materials
· Prepare historical document such as a scrapbook, web site, slide show, video, DVD or CD-ROM.
Representative (7th to 12th grade)
· Regularly report council actions to be constituent group in an accurate, informative, and ineteresting way
· Present to the council, as fairly as possible, students’ ideas and motions, if the student don’t do so directly themselves
· When voting on issues, maintain a consciousness of what is best for the students rather than “what is best for me”
· Make special efforts to inform the student body of upcoming events that might interest them
· Take informal polls on how students fell about certain topics
· Welcome new students to the classroom
· Encourage nonmembers of student council to work on committees
What you need to do to be part of the NASC of Walks/Webs?
Read the Student Council Constitution
Complete the Membership
Do Campaing (2days prior Election Day)