General Assembly Meeting March 9, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
(Mark your attendance! QR code to Google Form above!)
7:00-7:10 Officer Team Report
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Deputy Chief of Staff
Student Member of the Board
Chief of Staff
7:10-7:20 Maryland Association of Student Councils Presentation
Learn about opportunities for YOU to get involved with the statewide student council, MASC.
Presenter: Emilie Tedeschi - Division 2 Liaison MASC
7:20-7:30 Welcome Community Leader Senator Katie Fry Hester
We are excited to welcome State Senator Hester, who represents District 9 Carroll County and Howard County
7:30-7:45 Partners in Progress
Students will break into groups, discuss relevant issues and policy in the school system, and find ways to serve as strategic partners for each other
7:45-7:55 Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities
See the full list on our agenda
7:55-8:00 Pay it Forward
Who else needs to know about what you learned tonight?
8:00-8:30 Networking: Stay after to speak with the SMOB or Officer Team members.
Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities
Opportunities to serve on HCPSS Policy Review Committees and Howard County
Government Advisory Groups- contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The meetings for the policies will hold virtually- and invite student input as critical stakeholders.
HCASC is looking for students who like to make videos, documentaries, and social media posts:
All middle and high school students can explore the student created Portal with information about the Student Member of the Board of Education position, application, convention, campaign, and election Student Member of the Board of Education Convention Portal
Click HCPSS Community News to read more about Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities- highlights include… and many more!
Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW) Summer Program for students in grades 6-12! REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!
We are happy to announce that registration is now open for MLW Summer 2022! We are returning to our long-time home, Washington College in Chestertown, MD and we are also returning to our week-long residential programs! You can register today with just a $25 deposit.
Dates and Programs:
Luminus is seeking Student Ambassadors to support our upcoming OneWorldFest.
OneWorldFest is a celebration of the immigrant journey and the cultural diversity behind what it means to be American. Taking place at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 4th, 2022, OneWorldFest will feature:
By attending meetings 2x per month, Student Ambassadors for OneWorldFest will play a critical role in event planning, outreach, and fundraising – as they use available tools and resources provided by Luminus to take action in their respective communities. Our first Student Ambassador meeting will be this Wednesday at 7pm in the Luminus Conference room, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.
If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, please complete this form.
If becoming a Student Ambassador does not seem like the right fit for you, but you would like to participate in Race4TheWorld, you can sign up for the in-person 5k and virtual challenge using this link.
Apply to work with our HCASC Appointed Staff Team
Appointed Staff Committees and Descriptions
The Public Relations Committee manages the HCASC web page and social media in partnership with the HCASC advisor and Corresponding Secretary, and continually works to improve the communications between HCASC and the member schools not only through the website, but through newsletters, social media and other publications.
Student Organizations Committee (SOC) Operations
The SOC aids in the coordination between existing student organizations, elevates diversity of student interest within HCASC and increase awareness of variable student interests across the country (ex: providing resources for students to create student organizations), inspire students to celebrate their interests, and incentivize students from other organizations to join HCASC.
SOC NHS allows county-wide collaboration between National Honor Society groups to promote greater impact of activities and community service events. Representatives from different NHS groups across HCPSS can collaborate and spread news of their events between HCASC and their home schools.
SOC Arts promotes arts related activities and opportunities, reaches out to school clubs and community groups, and brings ideas and concerns from county wide groups back to HCASC and the Student Member.
SOC Tutoring allows students to collaborate with other tutoring organizations within HCPSS, whether that be volunteering as a tutor, seeking resources/ideas to create new tutoring programs, or doing outreach to bring tutors to those who would benefit from these services. Representatives of new or pre-existing tutoring organizations are welcome and encouraged to join!
The Legislative Affairs Committee ("LAC") seeks to empower the Howard County Associations of Student Councils (“HCASC”) and all Howard County students to understand the advocacy process in all levels of government. The LAC develops and proposes official HCASC stances relating to policies and legislation pertinent to youth and education.
Health and Social Issues
The Health and Social Issues Committee promotes awareness of health and social issues, providing leadership for HCASC initiatives. This committee researches and shares state and county regulations and statutes regarding Safe Schools Initiatives, Mental Health, Discrimination, and Bullying/Harassment policies, and builds relationships with school clubs and community groups to promote environmental related activities and opportunities for HCASC.
The Environmental Affairs Committee engages in environmental issues and promotes environmental related opportunities, builds relationships with school clubs and community groups to promote environmental related activities and opportunities for HCASC,bringing ideas and concerns from county wide groups back to HCASC and the Student Member.
The Election Coordinating Committee plans, organizes, and holds the general and special elections for HCASC. We also work in conjunction with the Officer Team and Mrs. Drummond in planning and advertising all the stops on the road to electing the Student Member of the Board for the next school year. ECC takes the lead in planning for Delegate Training and the SMOB Convention, with the chairperson serving as Convention Director.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee operates within HCASC to provide a safe and secure environment for students of all races, genders, and backgrounds, and creates platforms for HoCo students to voice their opinions against injustice, working with the Legislative Affairs Committee to uplift the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within HCASC and HCPSS. This could include doing research, aiding in writing of legislative stances, helping promote/support legislative stances on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The STEM Committee fosters a system to promote STEM-related activities and opportunities, reaches out to school clubs and community groups to promote STEM related activities and opportunities, bringing ideas and concerns from county wide groups back to HCASC and the Student Member.
The Policy Review Coordinator(s) inform student representatives on policy; work with PR to create materials sharing student representatives’ work, explanation of policy and implementation plans, and tips for serving on a policy review committee; maintain the calendar for committee meetings, and send out reminders for upcoming meeting dates and times.
How Can You Find Out About More Opportunities?
Start with relationships in your school
Use your interests to make meaningful connections
March GA Feedback Form:
Communication Builds Community
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Key Takeaways- Student Leaders Build Connections