The Positive Impact of Student Leadership

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Welcome back for another awesome school year. Gearing up and getting organized means that you are also meeting with key leadership groups in your building. One of your most influential groups are your student leaders - if they are functioning well it makes the building run smoothly and positively impacts your climate and culture.

Did you know that MASSP is the parent association for the Michigan Association of Student Councils and National Honor Societies (MASC/MAHS)? MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership provides the same high level of support for student leaders and advisers that MASSP provides for principals. For example, MASSP members value our monthly Principal Checklists - and MASC/MAHS creates in-depth checklists for Advisers to accomplish a variety of school and student goals. In addition, MASC/MAHS provides a monthly “LeadLines” newsletter with curricular lessons, leadership activities, resources and educational research, all geared towards supporting our advisers and student leaders commitment to your building’s mission. Click here to view all of our member benefits.

Membership in MASC/MAHS is only $125 and covers all of your student leadership and club advisers! Membership includes our monthly Adviser Checklists, LeadLines newsletter, full access to our online resource database (over 500 resources; from Constitution creation and program planning to school legality in advising and everything in-between!), as well as discounts to over 30 student and adviser workshops offered throughout the year. We believe in the power that strong students and strong programming can have in shaping your building’s environment into a place that families are excited to send their children. Join a network of over 300 member schools from across the state and make this the best year yet! Click here for our 2017-18 membership form and join today!

MASC/MAHS Programming

Leadership Training Institutes (LTI)
LTI programming is geared towards 1st and 2nd year students learning the fundamental philosophies of leadership theory and practice. These statewide sessions bring together hundreds of students and dozens of schools at each location to focus on team building, communication, diversity, event planning and so much more. New member schools are allowed to bring 3 students and 1 adviser to any Leadership Training Institute location for free!

Adviser Network
Our one-day adviser workshops are impactful trainings for new-advisers and seasoned advisers alike! Each training focuses on different components of activity advisers, from creating positive school culture, to running stress-free, impactful programming at your own buildings.

Regional Connect Programs
Our spring programming allows school leaders to showcase the very best their schools have to offer. Regional Connect events rotate our attendees through multiple student led presentations, providing information on school run programs such as anti-bullying, mentor programs, unique fundraising events, community/school service ideas and much, much more. Schools leave with dozens of new ideas ready to roll out in your building.

State Conference
Our largest program of the year, the State Conference brings together over 100 school and 2,000 students from across the state for a weekend of leadership activities, keynote speakers, adviser workshops and student showcase presentations.

Executive Forums
Customizable, individual school workshops that focus on ensuring your student Executive Boards understand their roles, responsibilities, programming and constitutional requirements.


“Being a part of MASC/MAHS was one of the best decisions I ever made for my students and myself as an adviser. It is a place where I can go to get professional development and my kids can learn from others with the conferences, trainings and summer camp. Anytime I need support, guidance or simply a new idea, I know that we can count on MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership!”

Kelley Cusmano | Student Council Adviser | Rochester High School

“MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership has done wonders for my students as far as increasing their leadership abilities, self-confidence, and knowledge base for student activities. Every year I have more kids who want to attend the Fall Training Institutes, the Regional Leadership Conference, and the State Leadership Conference. The interaction they have with the students from other schools at these events is incredibly positive and gives my students ideas to bring back to our building.”

Lindsay Rousseau | Assistant Principal | Wayne Memorial High School

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MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership continues to be the leader in activity resources, student programing and innovative educational practice. If you’re ready for your building to reach new levels of student engagement and community involvement, take a closer look at what MASC/MAHS can do for your building. Click here for our 2017-18 Guidebook. For questions concerning MASC/MAHS and how to get more involved, feel free to contact Matt Alley, Director of MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership anytime at or by calling the office at 517-327-5315.