Time to Renew Your NMASC Membership!
Advisors, your school’s 2021-2022 NMASC annual member dues for middle and high schools may be submitted at any time. There is a required member dues form/INVOICE that must be sent by the advisor to NMASC each year along with your school’s membership dues payment. Your school is eligible to participate in NMASC events and activities immediately once we receive your dues payment.
NMASC dues are $85/year and district dues are $15/year ($100 combined dues). Annual membership runs from August 1st through July 31st—one full school year. If your school plans to participate in the NMASC/District Fall Conferences, you must join or renew your membership no later than October 15.
Your school not yet a member of NMASC? Scroll down to read about the benefits of membership!
New Mexico Association of Student Councils
Benefits of Membership
- Student leadership training
- Advisor support and professional development
- Service and civic engagement
- Statewide interschool networking for students and advisors
- Strengthen and enhance your school’s student council
- Recognition of achievement through NMASC contests and awards
- Personal and professional growth
- Fun and lifelong friendships
One-Day NMASC/District Conferences are held in the Fall in each district and include workshops on leadership skills and feature a nationally-known speaker. Member schools may take as many delegates to these conferences as they wish, allowing more students to experience leadership training beyond their schools.
The NMASC State Conference is held annually in early Spring for high school and middle school delegates. The focus is on learning and leadership development, but it’s also a tremendous opportunity for delegates to renew friendships and build camaraderie with individuals they’ve met from across the state at other NMASC events. Advisors and students present small group workshops on a breadth of leadership topics. Advisor roundtable sessions are popular for networking, picking up valuable tips, and sharing strategies with one another. Candidates campaign for state office and those elected commit to Serve, Guide, and Lead our association through the upcoming year.
The NMASC Summer Leadership Workshop includes leadership training for high school and middle level students. Participants are assigned to councils where they engage in activities to help jumpstart the following school year. In doing so, they practice how to write a constitution, conduct an election, plan events, set goals, and how to work with their school’s administration and faculty. They learn about group dynamics, leadership styles, team building, and communication skills. The councils compete in the annual Rowdy-O, prepare a semi-formal banquet, and compete in a Brain Battle to demonstrate what they’ve learned during Workshop.
Each summer NMASC has the opportunity to send a state delegation to the National Student Council Conference, held in a different city across America. There they can network and interact with student leaders and advisors from states across the USA and beyond. It’s a unique and balanced experience that celebrates and enriches student leadership while providing memories of a lifetime.
National LEAD Conferences, sponsored by National Student Council and National Honor Society, are held three times during the school year and offer experiential leadership skills development at an affordable price to students and advisors. Typically attracting attendees from at least 35 states and a handful of US territories and foreign countries, two of the conferences are held in Washington DC and the third is held in Chicago.
The United States is divided into eight regions, as recognized by the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors (NASSCED). The annual Region 6 VIsion Conference brings together student leaders and advisors from the Region 6 states — Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma — and beyond. Hosted by one of the Region 6 states each summer, the conference emphasizes peer-to-peer learning through networking, student-led roundtables, school projects Gallery Walk, national motivational speakers, leadership skill training, hands-on community service, and more.
Service and Civic Engagement
NMASC service and civic engagement activities throughout the year include a statewide service project that all student councils—regardless of council, school, or community size, rural or urban—can participate in successfully. The state project is determined by member vote and runs for three years. In addition, student councils are encouraged to promote school projects in the areas of environmental awareness, staff relations, health and safety, school spirit, membership motivation, fundraising, citizenship, community service, and school service.
Leadership Lessons for School and Life
“You have no idea the impact that NMASC events have on helping you build a foundation for good leadership.”
– Rio Rancho Associated Students
“I thought I was a born leader. After attending some NMASC events, I found that the breadth of experiences helped me to learn ‘how’ to lead.”
– Student Council Member, La Cueva HS
“NMASC has given me the understanding of true leadership and service, which has allowed me to go from a small town in northern New Mexico to the highest ranks of politics and diplomacy. Every endeavor I embark upon will always be tied to NMASC.”
– Former NMASC State President, Springer HS
“Allowing students to serve with adults in policy-making shows that NMASC ‘walks its talk’ when it says that students can make sound decisions if they are given time to research and enough time to debate an issue. This experience has helped me to become a mature leader.”
– Former NMASC State President, Deming HS