Our honor societies and student government programs empower and equip your students with the knowledge and skills to be transformative leaders in your school, community, and beyond. In addition, they provide a necessary bridge between students and school leaders—helping you to engage and hear what students think, feel, and need.

Investing in robust, values-based leadership programs for your students will pay significant dividends in fostering a culture of scholarship, service, leadership, and citizenship in your school.

Student Leadership Programs

National Association of Student Councils

NASC is a national network that empowers and equips your students to develop and hone their leadership skills. It provides the framework to transform your students into the next generation of leaders and includes milestones to recognize and celebrate their progress.
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National Honor Society

NHS membership has been the true mark of student achievement, but it’s far more than a resume builder. By empowering, championing, and recognizing well-rounded students, NHS provides schools with a values-based framework to elevate a culture of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
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National Junior Honor Society

NJHS elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship and helps middle-level students develop the knowledge and skills to become well-rounded student leaders in their school, community, and beyond.
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National Elementary Honor Society

NEHS provides students in grades 4–6 a place to develop and apply their passion for service, while obtaining the skills to be confident young leaders.
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Empowering Students to Grow as Leaders

Our student programs offer your school access to tools and resources that will transform your students into the next generation of leaders.

Empowering Students to Grow as Leaders

  • National Student Council
    The National Student Council (NSC) is a dynamic assembly of elected and appointed student leaders hailing from every corner of the United States. It serves as a powerful advocate for students’ voices at the federal level, ensuring that their diverse perspectives and interests are integral to discussions surrounding education, schools, educators, and their futures.

  • Raising Student Voice & Participation
    Students participating in RSVP learn how to share their ideas and opinions in constructive ways. Through the development of a Civic Action Plan, students identify challenges in their community and generate solutions to address them.

  • Distinguished Student Leader Program
    This self-paced curriculum guides high school students through an exploration of leadership skills and knowledge and helps them critically examine their own leadership styles and proficiencies.

  • Emerging Student Leader Program
    Designed for middle-level students, ESL provides a set of criteria to strengthen and accelerate their growth as leaders.

Recognizing and Celebrating Student Leaders

  • NHS Scholarship
    Each year, NASSP awards more than $2 million to NHS senior members who have demonstrated a commitment to the four pillars of NHS. The top 25 scholarship recipients and their advisers receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

  • NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award
    It’s never too early to jump-start a student’s journey toward higher education. NASSP awards 500 exceptional NJHS members with a $500 college savings account in recognition of their commitment to the five pillars of NJHS.

  • National Council of Excellence Awards (NCOE)
    NCOE recognizes student councils that meet a strict set of criteria, demonstrating evidence of meaningful student service, leadership, voice, and engagement. NCOE helps schools foster positive culture through high-quality student leadership development, ensuring students feel included and valued.

  • NASC Scholarship
    The National Association of Student Council Scholarship Program recognizes high school juniors and seniors who embody the core tenets of NASC: leadership, service, student voice, and engagement. This year, we are awarding $100,000 to students with a strong record of leadership in their school’s student council—$1,000 to 75 finalists and $5,000 to five national winners.

We’ve Got Your Back

Creating opportunities for your students and investing in their leadership development requires commitment, time, and resources, but you aren’t alone.

NASSP has a suite of tools, supports, and resources for advisers and schools to successfully run our programs from start to finish:

  • Adviser Resource Centers
    Access step-by-step guidelines, sample bylaws, member handbooks, program Constitutions, and more. This online portal is designed to guide advisers through every step of the council and chapter process.

  • Adviser Online Community
    Connect with fellow advisers around the country who can answer tough questions, give sound advice, and share fresh perspectives. This robust peer network offers a professional environment of sharing and support.

  • On-Demand Customer Care
    Our qualified team of experts is readily available to help you effectively manage your chapter. There’s no question that’s too big or too small!

  • Adviser Webinar Series
    Presented live and on demand throughout the school year, each webinar offers tips, resources, and advice covering four main topics: back to school, adviser basics, student profiles, and awards.

  • College and Career Readiness Series
    Live webinars on the college admission planning process give student members and their parents access to valuable advice directly from admissions experts.

  • National Student Project Database
    Search through more than 11,000 service project ideas submitted by honor society chapters and student councils from across the country.

  • Adviser-Focused Workshops
    Attend special sessions tailored for advisers at our annual conferences.


Have a question about our student leadership programs? Our team is standing by to help! You can reach us by phone: (703) 860-0200 or via email: [email protected].