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Established in 1934, the Illinois Association of Student Councils was founded by a group of educators who wanted to create an organization for student leaders that would encourage them to practice the democratic process, citizenship and service while fostering an exchange of ideas and problem solving strategies in Illinois’ schools.

Today, nearly 80 years later, we have become the premier student leadership organization in Illinois. Each year we serve thousands of students and advisors from member schools all across the state. Our organization is recognized by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC), and we offer leadership training experiences for our members throughout the year. Some of these opportunities for leadership and character development include:

  • Fall Workshop
  • Dynamics of Trust Workshop
  • Advanced Workshop
  • Leadership Academy
  • Annual State Convention
  • Summer Leadership Workshop/Camp
  • Annual attendance at the NASC National Conference
  • Annual attendance at the National LEAD Conferences
  • Advisor training at our state events
  • Membership networking opportunities

Each year we present a number of awards to honor our members, including the IASC Advisor of the Year Award and Honor Council Awards.

Our governing body is the IASC Executive Board, elected by member schools, and consists of an Executive Director, an Associate Executive Director, seven student officers (President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Convention Secretary and Assistant Communications Director), and four additional adult members (Communications Director, Workshop Director, First Year Advisor at Large and Second Year Advisor at Large).

The Illinois Association of Student Councils is affiliated with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).