Virginia Student Councils Association
February 2011 January 2011
About the Virginia Student Councils Association
The Virginia Student Councils Association (VSCA) is a leadership learning organization
for student leaders from private and public schools throughout the Commonwealth. VSCA
provides learning experiences in leadership and opportunities to practice the citizenship
skills necessary for effective participation in our democratic society. VSCA encourages
the formation, development, and expansion of student councils in all schools (K-12) in
The principal goals of the Virginia Student Councils Association are to:
instill American ideals, including the development of leadership and citizenship,
among the youth of today.
foster student leadership in a democratic environment.
assist all student councils in becoming more effective organizations within their
school, community, state and nation.
promote student participation within the school and its community.
assist student councils and their leadership in focusing on relevant current
problems that affect them and encouraging them to seek solutions to those problems.
The VSCA sponsors several training activities statewide throughout the year to promote
leadership in schools. VSCA gives both students and advisers the opportunity for training,
networking, social interaction, and the transaction of student council business. They
represent major efforts to assist student councils throughout Virginia.
What can the VSCA do for advisers?
All student council advisers can benefit from support offered on a statewide level.
VSCA is not just a leadership learning organization for students. It offers specialized
workshops for advisers during the school year, and at the summer leadership workshops,
annual convention, and regional meetings. Information on upcoming events, project ideas,
state forms for elections and awards, and calendars of events go to all VSCA-member school
advisers in monthly mailings.
What can the VSCA do for Virginia schools?
- Regional Meetings: Regional meetings are
designed to provide opportunities for students and advisers to learn effective and
responsible leadership skills and exchange ideas. The state is divided into nine regions,
and each region has the opportunity to meet and discuss topics and issues pertinent to
: The VSCA Annual
Convention is the flagship of all VSCA functions. Nationally known keynote and seminar
speakers, exciting seminar topics, multi-media presentations, and a banquet with a video
dance party following are just a few of the highlights of the three-day Annual Convention.
The convention is designed to bring students and advisers statewide to a forum in which
they can learn to become effective leaders, to understand the responsibilities of
leadership, to identify specific skills as they pertain to particular council offices, and
to practice the democratic process. The elections for state officers and regional
representatives/directors are the culminating events of the convention.
- Annual State Student Council Convention
Workshops addressing the specific needs of
advisers are offered regularly. They provide training for advisers in building student
councils and provide ideas, techniques, and motivation for advisers.
VSCAN Newsletter: The VSCAN is a
regular student written publication which features articles by VSCA officers and is used
as a forum for student councils around the state to share their activities and ideas.
- Summer Leadership Workshops: Open to all
VSCA member schools, these workshops focus on developing student leadership skills. The
workshops are based on the premise that leadership is an acquired ability that can be
developed through sound instruction and application. Three workshops are held each July,
at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
The VSCA is sponsored by the Virginia Association of
Secondary School Principals. The VSCA is governed by an advisory board of elected student
council leaders and advisers and the VASSP Board of Directors. The VSCA Advisory Board
consists of twenty-five (25) voting members: four elected student officers, nine elected
student representatives (one from each region), eight elected adult directors (one from
each region), two VASSP representatives (appointed by the VASSP Board of Directors), and
the Adviser Coordinator elected at large.
The students officers of the VSCA are President,
Vice-President/Spirit Coordinator, and Secretary. The
student officers are elected for a term of one year and serve until their successors are
elected at the Annual Convention.
In addition to regional and state leadership
opportunities, VSCA is an affiliated member of the National
Association of Student Councils (NASC). The national association is made up of eight
regions. Virginia is one of six states in Region III, along with Kentucky, Tennessee,
North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. VSCA provides funds for the state
president and an adviser to attend the NASC National Conference each June, and funds for
all student officers to attend the National Leadership Camps sponsored by NASC.
Becoming A Member
Any K-12 school in Virginia, public or
private, is eligible to join the VSCA. The membership year runs from September 1 to August
31. For more information and an application for membership, please contact the
or visit the VSCA online at www.scaleader.org.
Forms and Other VSCA information is at this website: